Recommendations for research

The guideline committee has made the following recommendations for research.

Key recommendations for research

1 Antibiotic prophylaxis for surgical abortion

What is the optimal antibiotic prophylaxis regimen for women who are having a surgical abortion?

To find out why the committee made the research recommendation on antibiotic prophylaxis for surgical abortion see rationale and impact.

2 Cervical priming before surgical abortion

What are the most effective and acceptable methods of cervical priming before dilatation and evacuation after 16+0 weeks' gestation?

To find out why the committee made the research recommendation on cervical priming before surgical abortion see rationale and impact.

3 Anti-D prophylaxis for surgical abortion

Should women having a surgical abortion up to and including 10+0 weeks' gestation have anti-D prophylaxis if they are RhD (or D) negative?

To find out why the committee made the research recommendation on anti-D prophylaxis for surgical abortion see rationale and impact.

4 Expulsion at home for medical abortion

For women who are having medical abortion between 10+1 and 12+0 weeks, what is the efficacy and acceptability of expulsion at home compared with expulsion in a clinical setting?

To find out why the committee made the research recommendation on expulsion at home for medical abortion between 10+1 and 12+0 weeks see rationale and impact.

5 Anaesthesia and sedation for surgical abortion

What local anaesthetic techniques are most effective for women having surgical abortion?

To find out why the committee made the research recommendation on anaesthesia and sedation for surgical abortion see rationale and impact.

Other recommendations for research

Medical abortion after 23+6 weeks

What is the effectiveness and safety of regimens using mifepristone and misoprostol for women who are having medical abortion after 23+6 weeks' gestation, particularly for those who have had a previous caesarean section or uterine surgery?

Anaesthesia and sedation for surgical abortion

What is the optimal regimen for general anaesthesia for women having surgical abortion?

  • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)