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Research survey: Evaluation of infertility and fertility preservation in residents and fellows

Discussion in 'IRB Approved Research Surveys' started by Fertilityresearch, Sep 26, 2018.

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    Sep 25, 2018
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    Research survey: Evaluation of infertility and fertility preservation in residents and fellows

    A research team at Stanford University Division of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility is conducting a study among United States residents and fellows across the country about prevalence of infertility, access to infertility treatment, as well as oocyte and embryo cryopreservation.

    Survey link: Please see attachment

    We are also interested in assessing support of residency/fellowship programs to those struggling with fertility issues or interested in fertility preservation, as these are important issues facing many residents and fellows. We hope to update the findings of our earlier study (see below), in order to identify gaps in awareness to help develop resources for residents and fellows in the areas of infertility and fertility preservation.

    If you wish to participate, please fill out this survey which should approximately 5 minutes. We assure you that subjects’ responses will be maintained in a confidential and anonymous form and that participants will not be asked to identify their program specifically. No identifying information will be collected for any part of the survey. The results will be used for research purposes only. Being in this study is optional. Please fill out all relevant questions, though you can skip questions that you do not want to answer/are not relevant. Your choice will not affect your standing in the program.

    IRB letter attached
    Approval Period: 08/30/2018 - (Does Not Expire)

    Please contact the PI Dr. Lusine Aghajanova at [email protected] with questions about this study. This study has been approved by the Stanford University Institutional Review Board (IRB). If you have questions or concerns about your rights as a research participant, you can contact the Stanford IRB at (650) 724-7141 or [email protected]. We thank you in advance for your assistance!

    Additional study background:

    Infertility is the inability of a couple to become pregnant after one year of unprotected intercourse. Its prevalence is similar across all countries ranging from 9 to 30% and it is a devastating condition for many families having a significant psychosocial impact to affected individuals. Health care providers are subject to the same statistical risks for having fertility issues as the general population. However, to date, there are few studies that comprehensively evaluate the prevalence of infertility among United States residents, in both access to care and the affordability of such care. Our earlier survey demonstrated that the prevalence of infertility among ObGyn residents was over 8%. We are interested in capturing larger numbers of ObGyn residents with this follow up survey as well as investigating fertility issues among medical trainees in other specialties. (Aghajanova, Lusine, et al. "Obstetrics and gynecology residency and fertility needs: national survey results." Reproductive Sciences 24.3 (2017): 428-434) In addition, recent technological advances have made oocyte cryopreservation available a fertility preservation option for non-cancer patients, and we are interested in evaluating the utilization of this service by US residents and fellows.

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