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J R Coll Gen Pract. 1989 November; 39(328): 456–458.
PMCID: PMC1712167

Women's experiences of general practitioner management of miscarriage.


A study of 67 women one month after miscarriage identified significant levels of dissatisfaction with their medical care. There are particular problems in managing miscarriage which is very distressing for many women but a common clinical presentation for doctors. The reasons for women's dissatisfaction with their management are explained. Greater understanding of the experience of miscarriage should lead to better management and suggestions are made for better care for this common distressing experience.

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