Jill Durocher

Standardizing Abortion Research Outcomes (STAR): A Protocol for Developing, Disseminating and Implementing a Core Outcome Set for Medical and Surgical Abortion

May 1st, 2017
Medical Abortion
Whitehouse, K.C., Kim, C.R., Ganatra, B., Duffy, J.M., Blum, J., Brahmi, D., Creinin, M.D., DePiñeres, T., Gemzell-Danielsson, K., Grossman, D., Winikoff, B., Gülmezoglu, A.M.

Contraception; May 1, 2017; Vol. 95(5):437–441; doi:10.1016/j.contraception.2016.12.009

Approximately one in four of all pregnancies will end in induced abortion with an estimated 56 million taking place worldwide every year [1]. Medical and surgical abortions have low complication rates; however, due to the ubiquity of abortion and the potential for complications if performed unsafely or inappropriately, the need for robust clinical trials and sound guidelines and recommendations is clear [1,2]. Besides the recent release of the Medical Abortion Reporting of Efficacy guidelines, there is a lack of standardized methods for selecting and reporting on outcomes in abortion clinical trials[3].