Identifying indicators for quality abortion care: a systematic literature review

J Fam Plann Reprod Health Care. 2017 Jan;43(1):7-15. doi: 10.1136/jfprhc-2015-101427. Epub 2016 May 12.


A systematic review was conducted of 13 peer-reviewed articles and eight reports focused on indicators of quality abortion care. A total of 75 indicators of quality abortion were identified; these indicators address a variety of issues including policy, health systems, trained-provider availability, women's decision making, and morbidity and mortality. There is little agreement about indicators for measuring quality abortion care; more work is needed to ensure efforts to assess quality are informed and coordinated.

Keywords: abortion; indicators; literature review; quality.

Publication types

  • Review