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Revista de Salud Pública

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MONTERROSA-CASTRO, álvaro; PATERNINA-CAICEDO, Angel J  and  ALCALA-CERRA, Gabriel. Induced abortion in Cartagena, Colombia: estimation using Abortion Incidence Complications Methodology. Rev. salud pública [online]. 2011, vol.13, n.2, pp.253-261. ISSN 0124-0064.

Objective Estimating induced abortion incidence in a reference hospital and the city of Cartagena, Colombia. Methodology This was an ecological study that used Abortion Incidence Complications Methodology (AICM). Data from the Rafael Calvo Maternity Clinic (CMRC) was used for estimating post-abortion attention in Cartagena, Colombia. Induced abortion rates and ratios were estimated in the CMRC and the city of Cartagena from CMRC data using the AICM model. Results The estimated induced abortion ratio in Cartagena was 261/1,000 births in 2005, 244 in 2006 and 259 in 2007. The estimated rate per 1,000 females aged 15-44 for induced abortion was 22 in 2005, 22 in 2006 and 21 in 2007. Conclusions The estimated rate was similar to the rate found in previous research using Colombian data from 1989. Public health measures should be focused on reducing unwanted pregnancies and thereby reduce induced abortion rates

Keywords : Induced abortion; Colombia; spontaneous abortion.

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