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Table 2 Number and timing of visits prior to abortion

From: Surgical and medical second trimester abortion in South Africa: A cross-sectional study

  D&E
(n = 220)
Medical induction
(n = 84)
P value
Total number of clinic or hospital visits related to abortion (N, %)    <0.001
1 0 (0%) 1 (1.4%)  
2 54 (25.1%) 8 (10.8%)  
3 117 (54.4%) 17 (23.0%)  
4 or more 44 (20.5%) 48 (64.9%)  
Number of days between first clinic or hospital visit and abortion admission (Median, IQR)2 17 (8 - 30) 30 (21-56) <0.001
Gestational age in weeks at time of ultrasound (weeks)a (Median, IQR) 14.0 (13.0 - 15.4) 13.9 (11.9 - 15.4) 0.045
< = 12 weeks at time of ultrasound (N, %) 13 (8.1%) 24 (30.0%) <0.001
Number of days between ultrasound and abortion admission (Median, IQR)a 6 (2 - 9) 31 (12 - 41) <0.001
  1. 2 Inter-quartile Range
  2. a Data available for 161 D&E clients and 80 medical induction clients