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Table 3 Skilled birth attendant knowledge on postabortion care

From: Health facility capacity to provide postabortion care in Afghanistan: a cross-sectional study

[Percentage (number)] Facility type
Provincial, regional, and specialty hospitals (n = 315) District hospitals with 5 or more deliveries per day (n = 233) District hospitals and comprehensive health centers with 0–4 deliveries per day (n = 69) Basic health centers, sub-health centers, and family health houses (n = 104) p-value All public sector (n = 721) Private facilities (n = 69)
Reported having received any training on basic emergency obstetric and newborn care in the past 3 years 27.0% (90) 18.0% (42) 21.7% (15) 25.0% (26) 0.129 24.0% (173) 23.2% (16)
Knowledge of actions to take when presented with a woman with complications from incomplete abortion
 Assess vaginal bleeding 59.0% (186) 54.1% (126) 56.5% (39) 55.8% (58) < 0.001 56.7% (409) 66.7% (46)
 Assess vital signs 54.9% (173) 52.4% (122) 50.7% (35) 57.7% (60) < 0.001 54.1% (390) 62.3% (43)
 Begin IV fluids 74.3% (234) 70.8% (165) 73.9% (51) 67.3% (70) < 0.001 72.1% (520) 78.3% (54)
 Begin antibiotics 38.4% (121) 40.8% (95) 36.2% (25) 31.7% (33) < 0.001 38.0% (274) 36.2% (25)
 Do (manual/electric) vacuum aspiration 31.7% (100) 39.1% (91) 42.0% (29) 36.5% (38) < 0.001 35.8% (258) 23.2% (16)
 Provide counseling 22.5% (71) 30.5% (71) 15.9% (11) 22.1% (23) < 0.001 24.4% (176) 15.9% (11)
 Refer 11.4% (36) 18.0% (42) 26.1% (18) 32.7% (34) < 0.001 18.0% (130) 8.7% (6)
Knowledge of counseling to provide a woman being treated for an incomplete abortion
 Information on how to prevent reproductive tract infection/HIV 30.5% (96) 33.0% (77) 34.8% (24) 36.5% (38) < 0.001 32.6% (235) 31.9% (22)
 Information about when a woman can conceive again 43.8% (138) 48.1% (112) 27.5% (19) 45.2% (47) < 0.001 43.8% (316) 44.9% (31)
 Counseling on family planning and services 73.3% (231) 70.0% (163) 84.1% (58) 77.9% (81) < 0.001 73.9% (533) 69.6% (48)
 Refer for family planning methods 54.0% (170) 56.2% (131) 49.3% (34) 59.6% (62) < 0.001 55.1% (397) 52.2% (36)
 Information on social support 27.0% (85) 29.2% (68) 27.5% (19) 22.1% (23) < 0.001 27.0% (195) 15.9% (11)
 Information about the consequences of an unsafe abortion 34.9% (110) 37.3% (87) 20.3% (14) 21.2% (22) < 0.001 32.3% (233) 33.3% (23)
Does a woman have the right to choose a family planning method? (Level of agreement with the statement: a woman should not choose a family planning method until she consults with her husband)
 Strongly agree 35.6% (112) 42.9% (100) 27.5% (19) 17.3% (18) < 0.001 34.5% (249) 26.1% (18)
 Agree 34.9% (110) 30.5% (71) 60.9% (42) 57.7% (60) 39.3% (283) 53.6% (37)
 Neither agree nor disagree (neutral) 7.0% (22) 4.7% (11) 4.3% (3) 3.8% (4) 5.5% (40) 5.8% (4)
 Disagree 7.0% (22) 6.4% (15) 7.2% (5) 16.3% (17) 8.2% (59) 5.8% (4)
 Strongly disagree 0.0% (0) 0.4% (1) 0.0% (0) 1.9% (2) 0.4% (3) 8.7% (6)
Level of agreement with the statement: a woman who has not had a boy child should not be encouraged to use family planning
 Strongly agree 23.8% (75) 25.8% (60) 14.5% (10) 11.5% (12) < 0.001 21.8% (157) 10.1% (7)
 Agree 19.0% (60) 21.5% (50) 20.3% (14) 30.8% (32) 21.6% (156) 37.7% (26)
 Neither agree nor disagree (neutral) 11.1% (35) 14.6% (34) 4.3% (3) 6.7% (7) 11.0% (79) 11.6% (8)
 Disagree 25.4% (80) 20.2% (47) 59.4% (41) 44.2% (46) 29.7% (214) 29.0% (20)
 Strongly disagree 4.1% (13) 2.1% (5) 1.4% (1) 3.8% (4) 3.2% (23) 4.3% (3)