Post-Abortion Care Costing Study, Uganda, 2011-2012 (ICPSR 36971)

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Aparna Sundaram, Guttmacher Institute

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These data come from a survey of 1,338 women who received post-abortion care at 39 Ugandan health facilities. This dataset contains information on treatment costs, on the impact of abortion complications on children in the household, on the productivity of the respondent and other household members, and on changes in their economic circumstances. It also contains data collected via survey from the medical care provider. The final file includes 420 female patients, who responded to both the initial and follow-up interviews, and were classified as certainly, probably or possibly having had an induced abortion.

Sundaram, Aparna. Post-Abortion Care Costing Study, Uganda, 2011-2012. Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2018-04-11.

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David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency


Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research

2011 -- 2012
2011-09 -- 2012-03

The purpose of this study was to examine the economic cost of unsafe abortion in Uganda.

The study consisted of an initial interview with post-abortion care patients, a follow-up interview with a subset of the initial respondents, and interviews with health care personnel.

39 health facilities were selected to represent Uganda's various regions and levels of health care.

Longitudinal: Cohort / Event-based

Ugandan women who were currently in a health facility receiving treatment for an abortion complication.


The final dataset (n=420) has 939 variables covering patient demographics; facility type and care received; economic situation and impacts; and household members and contents.

Initial patient interview: 97%. Follow-up interview: 71%. Provider interview: 100%.

Several Likert-type scales were used.



2018-04-11 ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Standardized missing values.
  • Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.

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This study was originally processed, archived, and disseminated by Data Sharing for Demographic Research (DSDR), a project funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).