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Table 1 Characteristics of study participants

From: Experiences with pain of early medical abortion: qualitative results from Nepal, South Africa, and Vietnam

  Nepal
(n = 14)
South Africa
(n = 14)
Vietnam
(n = 14)
Total
(n = 42)
Age (median) 23.5 22.5 25.5 23
Marital status
 Single 2 (14%) 13 (93%) 0 15 (36%)
 Married 11 (79%) 0 8 (57%) 19 (45%)
 Partnered 0 0 6 (43%) 6 (14%)
 Divorced/Separated 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 0 2 (5%)
Highest level education
 Primary 0 0 1 (7%) 1 (2%)
 Secondary 5 (36%) 8 (57%) 1 (7%) 14 (33%)
 More than secondary 9 (64%) 6 (43%) 12 (86%) 27 (64%)
Currently in school
 Yes 5 (36%) 7 (50%) 6 (43%) 18 (43%)
Primary occupation
 Student 2 (14%) 7 (50%) 6 (43%) 15 (36%)
 Housewife 7 (50%) 1 (7%) 0 8 (19%)
 Professional 5 (36%) 0 6 (43%) 12 (29%)
 Unemployed 0 4 (29%) 0 4 (10%)
 Other 0 2 (14%) 2 (14%) 4 (10%)
Residence
 Urban 14 (100%) 11 (79%) 14 (100%) 39 (93%)
 Rural 0 3 (21%) 0 3 (7%)
Parity
 Nulliparous 7 (50%) 7 (50%) 7 (50%) 21 (50%)
 Parous 7 (50%) 7 (50%) 7 (50%) 21 (50%)
Number previous pregnancies
 0 7 (50%) 7 (50%) 7 (50%) 21 (50%)
 1 2 (14%) 3 (21%) 1 (7%) 6 (14%)
 2 3 (21%) 3 (21%) 1 (7%) 7 (17%)
 3 or more 2 (14%) 1 (7%) 5 (36%) 8 (19%)
Reported previous abortions (among those previously pregnant)
 0 3 (43%) 7 (100%) 1 (14%) 11 (52%)
 1 4 (57%) 0 (0%) 6 (86%) 10 (48%)
Number of participants who previously had a medical abortion (among those previously pregnant) 2 (29%) 0 1 (14%) 3 (14%)
Number of participants who previously had a surgical abortion (among those previously pregnant) 2 (29%) 0 5 (71%) 7 (33%)
Treatment group
 Group 1 (tramadol 50 mg, placebo) 3 (21%) 8 (57%) 4 (29%) 15 (36%)
 Group 2 (ibuprofen 400 mg, metoclopramide 10 mg) 7 (50%) 3 (21%) 6 (43%) 16 (38%)
 Group 3 (2 placebo tablets) 4 (29%) 3 (21%) 4 (29%) 11 (26%)