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Freeze-all embryo transfer awareness and acceptance of IVF-ET patients in China

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The aim of the study was to determine the level of awareness and acceptance of in vitro fertilization pre-embryo transfer (IVF-ET) patients for freeze-all embryo transfer, improve relevant technical specifications, and optimize treatment results based on medical experience.

Questionnaires were completed by women who received in vitro fertilization embryo transfer. A total of 377 valid samples were included into this study. Through focus group discussions and tablet assisted intercept interviews, we analyzed the basic situation, the awareness for frozen-all embryo transfer, and the need for frozen-all embryo transfer information for infertile patients.

In this study, 60% of patients received IVF-ET for the first time, whereas the remaining patients received IVF-ET more than once. We investigated the current awareness and acceptance of IVF-ET patients for freeze-all embryo transfer quantificationally. Patients were grouped based on quantitative measurements, and the mainstream group of patients (72.7%) was precisely the patients who were worried and concerned of frozen-all embryo transfers. Although few of them could “rationally accept the comparative advantage of the technology,” this group was vulnerable to doctors’ guidance and education. Eventually, this group of patients accepted the frozen-all embryo transfer.

Since there are no certain criteria for the kind of embryo transfer patients and reproductive centers should take, the choice should be taken individually according to the social economic situation and acceptance of patients for the frozen embryo transfer, as well as the technology of the reproductive center.

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Preferences of propagation mode about FET in patients. FET = frozen-thawed embryo transfer.
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Figure 1: Preferences of propagation mode about FET in patients. FET = frozen-thawed embryo transfer.

Mentions: From patients’ attitudes, official advice, guidance, and instructions from doctors were recognized by patients, but clinical data and cases are also convincing means. The study of Hope et al[18] demonstrated that the influence of video clips (DVD) on a patient's ART method selection was greater than that of a brochure. By contrast, Chinese patients preferred more professional and improved data from hospitals and doctors (54.1% vs 24.1%, Fig. 1), which might be biased by the higher education level of patients in our sample (Junior college degree or above 75.3%). Propaganda needs of patients focused on 11 kinds of ways (Fig. 1), in which a higher proportion of opinions such as “hospital site,” “Doctor's personal blog, we-chat” and other comments were easy to implement as medical institutions and individual doctors. Wider publicity might require hospitals to cooperate with related companies. From the immediate needs of patients, more information and data on clinical outcomes and complications of FET was more required. However, there is a lack of such studies in China at present, and only a few small-scale data are available. There should be more large-scale and multicenter clinical studies to provide reference for Chinese patients.


Freeze-all embryo transfer awareness and acceptance of IVF-ET patients in China
Preferences of propagation mode about FET in patients. FET = frozen-thawed embryo transfer.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC5134851&req=5

Figure 1: Preferences of propagation mode about FET in patients. FET = frozen-thawed embryo transfer.
Mentions: From patients’ attitudes, official advice, guidance, and instructions from doctors were recognized by patients, but clinical data and cases are also convincing means. The study of Hope et al[18] demonstrated that the influence of video clips (DVD) on a patient's ART method selection was greater than that of a brochure. By contrast, Chinese patients preferred more professional and improved data from hospitals and doctors (54.1% vs 24.1%, Fig. 1), which might be biased by the higher education level of patients in our sample (Junior college degree or above 75.3%). Propaganda needs of patients focused on 11 kinds of ways (Fig. 1), in which a higher proportion of opinions such as “hospital site,” “Doctor's personal blog, we-chat” and other comments were easy to implement as medical institutions and individual doctors. Wider publicity might require hospitals to cooperate with related companies. From the immediate needs of patients, more information and data on clinical outcomes and complications of FET was more required. However, there is a lack of such studies in China at present, and only a few small-scale data are available. There should be more large-scale and multicenter clinical studies to provide reference for Chinese patients.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

ABSTRACT

The aim of the study was to determine the level of awareness and acceptance of in vitro fertilization pre-embryo transfer (IVF-ET) patients for freeze-all embryo transfer, improve relevant technical specifications, and optimize treatment results based on medical experience.

Questionnaires were completed by women who received in vitro fertilization embryo transfer. A total of 377 valid samples were included into this study. Through focus group discussions and tablet assisted intercept interviews, we analyzed the basic situation, the awareness for frozen-all embryo transfer, and the need for frozen-all embryo transfer information for infertile patients.

In this study, 60% of patients received IVF-ET for the first time, whereas the remaining patients received IVF-ET more than once. We investigated the current awareness and acceptance of IVF-ET patients for freeze-all embryo transfer quantificationally. Patients were grouped based on quantitative measurements, and the mainstream group of patients (72.7%) was precisely the patients who were worried and concerned of frozen-all embryo transfers. Although few of them could “rationally accept the comparative advantage of the technology,” this group was vulnerable to doctors’ guidance and education. Eventually, this group of patients accepted the frozen-all embryo transfer.

Since there are no certain criteria for the kind of embryo transfer patients and reproductive centers should take, the choice should be taken individually according to the social economic situation and acceptance of patients for the frozen embryo transfer, as well as the technology of the reproductive center.

No MeSH data available.