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Pelvic exam under anesthesia by learners at the time of abortion: Who accepts and who declines?

Contraception 2023 October 5
OBJECTIVES: To assess the prevalence of and factors correlated with accepting a pelvic exam under anesthesia (EUA) by learners at the time of surgical abortion.

STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective chart review assessing prevalence of and comparing factors associated with accepting EUA by learners at time of abortion.

RESULTS: Most (88%) of the 274 patients accepted EUA by learners. Declining was associated with prior intimate partner violence.

CONCLUSIONS: Most patients accept EUA by learners at time of abortion.

IMPLICATIONS: In adhering to fundamental principles of medical ethics, professional guidelines, and legal mandates, consent prior to pelvic EUA by learners should be obtained universally.

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