TITLE

Infertility-Related Concerns in Two Family Practice Sites

AUTHOR(S)
JORDAN, CAREN B.; FERGUSON, ROBERT J.
PUB. DATE
March 2006
SOURCE
Families, Systems & Health: The Journal of Collaborative Family ;Spring2006, Vol. 24 Issue 1, p28
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The use of infertility health services has grown in the last two decades, whereas rates of infertility among younger women are increasing. Although infertility clinics are highly specialized services, it remains unclear how and at what rates infertility concerns are addressed in primary care—the "gateway" to specialty medical care. In this article, the authors provide detail about a pilot study of infertility concerns and psychological status of 193 individuals in a primary care setting, specifically two family medicine clinics. Findings suggest that female primary care patients may report conception difficulties at rates higher than those in the general population and also report more psychological distress than their male counterparts. Implications for future research and how primary care providers can effectively address patients' conception concerns are discussed.
ACCESSION #
20808875

 

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