Provider knowledge, attitudes, and treatment preferences for early pregnancy failure

Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2010 Jun;202(6):531.e1-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2010.02.016. Epub 2010 Mar 15.


Objective: We sought to describe health care provider knowledge, attitudes, and treatment preferences for early pregnancy failure (EPF).

Study design: We surveyed 976 obstetrician/gynecologists, midwives, and family medicine practitioners on their knowledge and attitudes toward treatment options for EPF, and barriers to adopting misoprostol and office uterine evacuations. We used descriptive statistics to compare practices by provider specialty and logistic regression to identify associations between provider factors and treatment practices.

Results: Seventy percent of providers have not used misoprostol and 91% have not used an office uterine evacuation to treat EPF in the past 6 months. Beliefs about safety and patient preferences, and prior induced abortion training were significantly associated with use of both of these treatments.

Conclusion: Increasing education and training on the use of misoprostol and office uterine evacuation, and clarifying patient treatment preferences may increase the willingness of providers to adopt new practices for EPF treatment.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Abortifacient Agents, Nonsteroidal
  • Abortion, Spontaneous / therapy*
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Female
  • Gynecology
  • Health Care Surveys
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Health Personnel
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Misoprostol
  • Obstetrics
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians'*
  • Pregnancy
  • Surveys and Questionnaires


  • Abortifacient Agents, Nonsteroidal
  • Misoprostol