Providers, Pills and Power: The US Mifepristone Abortion Trials and Caregivers’ Interpretations of Clinical Power Dynamics

  title={Providers, Pills and Power: The US Mifepristone Abortion Trials and Caregivers’ Interpretations of Clinical Power Dynamics},
  author={Wendy Simonds and Charlotte Ellertson and Beverly Winikoff and Kimberly Springer},
  pages={207 - 231}
In this article, we examine retrospective accounts of health care workers who participated in the Population Council’s clinical trials of mifepristone (RU-486) between October 1994 and September 1995. We conducted focus group interviews with 78 health care providers at 17 sites around the USA, after the clinical trials of mifepristone (RU-486) were completed. We discuss providers’ reflections upon power dynamics between them and their clients during the clinical trials, as well as the… 

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