Induced abortion rates have declined in Finland since 1973.
A possible explanation offered has been that of deteriorating data collection.
To assess the completeness of the Register, we compared the information from a consecutive sample of hospital records (N=482) to the Finnish Abortion Register in 18 hospitals in three counties.
A smaller consecutive sample (N=345) was collected from the same hospitals to assess the validity of the Register information.
Only five abortions (1%) found in the hospitals were not reported in the Abortion Register.
A total of 95% of all Register information was identical to that in the medical records.
There were quality problems in reporting some variables : the length of pregnancy (definition problems), the classification of the abortion procedure, and social class (out-of-date classifications).
Furthermore, early complications were poorly reported.
The data from the Finnish Abortion Register are a reliable source for monitoring trends in the abortion rate and its variation by subgroups, but are an unreliable source for the study of the medical aspects of induced abortion.
Mots-clés Pascal : Avortement provoqué, Epidémiologie, Femme, Homme, Collecte donnée, Qualité, Registre, Validité, Complétude, Finlande, Europe, Tendance
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Induced abortion, Epidemiology, Woman, Human, Data gathering, Quality, Register, Validity, Completeness, Finland, Europe, Trend
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 96-0244453
Code Inist : 002B20G02. Création : 199608.