January 2017

Identifying indicators for quality abortion care: A systematic literature review

Dennis A, Blanchard K, Bessenaar T. Identifying indicators for quality abortion care: A systematic literature review. Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care. 2017 Jan;43(1):7-15

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.