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  • OBJECTIVE: This guideline reviews the evidence relating to the provision of first-trimester medical induced abortion, including patient eligibility, counselling, and consent; evidence-based regimens; and special considerations for clinicians providing medical abortion care. INTENDED USERS: Gynaecologists, family physicians, registered nurses, midwives, residents, and other healthcare providers who currently or intend to provide pregnancy options counselling, medical abortion care, or family planning services. TARGET POPULATION: Women with an unintended first trimester pregnancy. EVIDENCE: Published literature was retrieved through searches of PubMed, MEDLINE, and Cochrane Library between July 2015 and November 2015 using appropriately controlled vocabulary (MeSH search terms: Induced Abortion, Medical Abortion, Mifepristone, Misoprostol, Methotrexate). Results were restricted to systematic reviews, randomized controlled trials, clinical trials, and observational studies published from June 1986 to November 2015¬†in English. Additionally, existing guidelines from other countries were consulted for review. A grey literature search was not required. VALUES: The quality of evidence in this document was rated using the criteria described in the Report of the Canadian Task Force for Preventive Medicine rating scale (Table¬†1). BENEFITS, HARMS AND/OR COSTS: Medical abortion is safe and effective. Complications from medical abortion are rare. Access and costs will be dependent on provincial and territorial funding for combination mifepristone/misoprostol and provider availability. SUMMARY STATEMENTS: Introduction Pre-procedure care Medical abortion regimens Providing medical abortion Post-abortion care RECOMMENDATIONS: Introduction Pre-procedure care Medical abortion regimens Providing medical abortion Post-abortion care.


  • Costescu, Dustin James
  • Guilbert, Edith
  • Bernardin, Jeanne
  • Black, Amanda
  • Dunn, Sheila
  • Fitzsimmons, Brian
  • Norman, Wendy V
  • Pymar, Helen
  • Soon, Judith
  • Trouton, Konia
  • Wagner, Marie-Soleil
  • Wiebe, Ellen

publication date

  • April 2016