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Table 4 Characteristics of women who developed PTSD or PTSS after the induced abortion

From: Posttraumatic stress among women after induced abortion: a Swedish multi-centre cohort study

Variable Comparison group n = 499 Developed PTSD/PTSS n = 51 Recovered n = 145 Unchanged n = 25
  n (%) n (%) P-value n (%) P-value n (%) P-value
Anxiety symptoms at baseline 139 (28.0) 32 (62.7) <0.001 86 (60.6) <0.001 19 (76.0) <0.001
Anxiety symptoms at 3 months 99 (20.2) 26 (52.0) <0.001 67 (47.2) <0.001 21 (87.5) <0.001
Anxiety symptoms at 6 months 83 (19.6) 27 (56.2) <0.001 62 (49.2) <0.001 16 (88.9) <0.001
Depressive symptoms at baseline 113 (22.8) 18 (35.3) 0.046 54 (38.0) <0.001 20 (80.0) <0.001
Depressive symptoms at 3 months 34 (7.0) 16 (32.0) <0.001 34 (23.9) <0.001 13 (54.2) <0.001
Depressive symptoms at 6 months 28 (6.6) 12 (25.0) <0.001 31 (24.6) <0.001 9 (50.0) <0.001
Antidepressant use 16 (3.3) 4 (8.7) 0.1 17 (12.1) <0.001 3 (12.0) 0.025
  1. The characteristics of women who recovered from PTSD or PTSS or were unchanged in their state of PTSD or PTSS are displayed as complementary information, in italics. Frequencies are reported in relation to available responses for specific items and at specific time-points.