Infertile couples' perceived needs after unsuccessful fertility treatment: A qualitative study

Ebrahimzadeh Zagami, Samira, Latifnejad Roudsari, Robab, Janghorban, Roksana, Mousavi Bazaz, Seyed Mojtaba, Amirian, Maliheh and Allan, Helen T. ORCID logoORCID: (2019) Infertile couples' perceived needs after unsuccessful fertility treatment: A qualitative study. Journal of Caring Sciences, 8 (2) . pp. 95-104. ISSN 2251-9920 [Article] (doi:10.15171/jcs.2019.014)

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Introduction: Infertility is a major medical issue. Investigations and treatment of infertility are the beginning of a complex, time-consuming and stressful process for couples that may fail well. The present study explored the needs of infertile couples following treatment failure with Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ARTs). Methods: A descriptive qualitative study was conducted in an Iranian infertility center, in the Northeast of the country between April 2016 and June 2017. The researchers recruited 29 individuals including 9 couples, 9 women and two men with primary infertility through purposive sampling. The data were collected using semi-structured interviews and analyzed iteratively, using conventional content analysis with MAXQDA software. Results: The main concepts obtained from the data were classified into one theme titled: ""The need for support"" and four main categories along with their subcategories, and included the need for psychological support, the need for more useful information, the need for social support and the need to access to supplementary services. Conclusion: The findings show that following treatment failure, the infertile patients’ expressed needs and preferences were not met. Identifying and meeting their needs may help the infertile couples to deal with ARTs failure and to reach a decision about future treatment.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Institute of Nursing and Midwifery
Item ID: 26809
Notes on copyright: © 2019 The Author(s). This work is published by Journal of Caring Sciences as an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License ( Non-commercial uses of the work are permitted, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2019 10:51
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