JAMAICA – Abortion attitudes, training and experiences among medical students in Jamaica, West Indies

by G Matthews, N Benfield, J Atrio

Contraception October 2018;98(4):341-42  DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.contraception.2018.07.040

In an anonymous online cross-sectional survey among medical students at the University of West Indies, among 1,404 medical students (42.5% female, 54.7% very religious), 64% had a positive attitude toward abortion. Attitudes were favourably affected by a personal or family experience with abortion, identification as non-religious, and being of older age and mixed race. Some 78.8% reported no abortion training and only 17.9% reported miscarriage management training. 94%) agreed that abortion training should be included in the medical school curriculum.

PHOTO: by Rudolph Brown, 2017