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|Type of Document
||Hanson, Carol J.
||Utilization of abortion services :a local level analysis
||Master of Science
|Good, Charles M. Jr.
|Brooker-Gross, Susan R.
|Howze, Elizabeth H.
|Date of Defense
Utilization rates of an abortion provider located in
Roanoke, Virginia were compared with the national abortion
rates. This study also examined the barriers that women
must overcome in order to obtain abortion services. Green's
PRECEDE model of health care behavior was used as a
framework for the study.
Generally, the Roanoke sample was very similar to the
national rates, with any differences mostly explained by the
demographic make up of the Roanoke region. Distance was
found to be a barrier to the rural poor. Over half of the
women who had their pregnancy tests performed at a health
care facility were not given information on abortion
services. Because the cost of a procedure increases with
gestation and the number of providers declines with second
trimester abortions, the findings suggest that this lack of
timely information could put the option of abortion out of
reach for some women.
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