Factors associated with delays in seeking post abortion care among women in Kenya

BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2015 Oct 7;15:241. doi: 10.1186/s12884-015-0660-7.


Background: Delays in seeking quality post abortion care services remain a major contributor to high levels of mortality and morbidity among women who experience unsafe abortion. However, little is known about the causes of and factors associated with delays in seeking care among women who suffer complications of unsafe abortion. This study looks at factors that are associated with delays in seeking post-abortion care among women in Kenya.

Methods: Data for this study were from a nationally representative sample of 350 healthcare facilities that participated in the 2012 Incidence and Magnitude of Unsafe Abortion study in Kenya. Data included socio-demographic characteristics, reproductive health and clinical histories from all women treated with PAC during a one-month data collection period.

Results: Delay in seeking care was associated with women's age, education level, contraceptive history, fertility intentions and referral status.

Conclusions: There is need to improve women's access to quality sexual and reproductive health information and services, contraception and abortion care. Improving current PAC services at lower level facilities will also minimize delays resulting from long referral processes.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Abortion, Induced / adverse effects*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Child
  • Contraception Behavior
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Educational Status
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Kenya
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care*
  • Postoperative Period
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy, Unwanted
  • Referral and Consultation
  • Reproductive Behavior
  • Time Factors
  • Young Adult