Exploring best practices and evaluating outcomes in community-based abortion care outside the formal health care system in the US
Awarded 2017
Community-Based Participatory Research Grants
Sarah Prager, MD, MAS
University of Washington

This project will use community-based participatory research (CBPR) to engage community-based abortion providers who provide abortions outside of the formal healthcare system as equal research partners in exploring outcomes and best practices related to their provision of out-of-clinic abortion care. Our aims include: 1) Investigate and engage in participatory action related to the following aspects of community-based abortion care: Community strengths, needs, and resources; Best practices and components of quality care; and Community concerns about barriers to providing quality abortion care. 2) Gather data to describe: Procedures, methods, and client-reported outcomes related to abortion care provided outside the formal healthcare system; Changes in community partners’ perceived knowledge, skills, and attitudes in providing abortion care during the project; and community partners’ evaluation of CBPR group processes and dynamics. Long-term goals include: 1) Creating working relationships for future research collaboration with community-based abortion provider networks; 2) Instituting infrastructures for sustainable sharing of knowledge and skills on abortion care outside the formal healthcare system; and 3) Laying the groundwork for developing and expanding innovative ways to deliver safe abortion care in community settings.