The National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (NCCMH) at the Royal College of Psychiatrists is starting a 12-week consultation on a systematic review of the mental health impact of induced abortion.

The review has been commissioned by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and is funded by the Department of Health. The review is being carried out by the NCCMH.

The purpose of the systematic review is to examine the evidence of the impact of abortion upon women's mental health. Comments are invited on the overall quality of the report, search strategies, data synthesis, and interpretation of the evidence. Whilst the moral and ethical issues relating to induced abortion are important, they are not within the brief of this review.

The consultation closes on Wednesday 29 June 2011, and all comments must be submitted by 5pm on this date.

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Royal College of Psychiatrists