New guidance for evidence-based safe abortion care

Monday, March 10, 2014

WHO clinical practice handbook

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a new, online document to assist health professionals in the provision of evidence-based safe abortion care. The Clinical Practice Handbook for Safe Abortion is a companion to the 2012 edition of WHO’s Safe Abortion: Technical and Policy Guidance for Health Systems.

“The handbook will be useful to a range of providers in different settings and varying legal and health service contexts,” says Dr. Monica Dragoman of the WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research.  “It distills clinical recommendations from the 2012 guidance into a quick reference for key elements of evidence-based practice.”

The handbook covers clinical care from pre-abortion evaluation to postabortion contraception and indications for follow-up. Drug regimens for first- and second-trimester medical abortion, pain management strategies and a review of aspiration abortion are also summarized.  

Download the handbook.