The quality of information about elective oocyte cryopreservation (EOC) on Australian fertility clinic websites

Kiri Beilby, Ingrid Dudink, Deanna Kablar, Megan Kaynak, Sanduni Rodrigo, Karin Hammarberg

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Abstract

Background: The number of women who undergo elective oocyte cryopreservation (EOC) in the hope of preserving their fertility is increasing. Fertility clinic websites often serve as the first point of contact for women contemplating EOC. There are no guidelines for Australian fertility clinics regarding how information about procedures should be presented. Aim: To assess the quality of information presented on EOC on Australian fertility clinic websites. Materials and Methods: A desktop audit was conducted of the websites of Australian fertility clinics offering EOC (n = 21) and the information provided about EOC was recorded. To allow comparison, a scoring matrix used in a study of the quality of EOC information on clinic websites in the USA was used to assess the quality of the information. The possible range of scores on this measure is 0–13. Results: The mean information quality score for all clinic websites was 4.3 (range 2–8). More than half of the clinic websites (57%) had scores classified as ‘poor’, indicating that women are not receiving the information they need to make well-informed choices. Conclusion: Providing information on clinic websites that is transparent and scientifically accurate, that states the risks involved in the procedure, and its full cost is essential to allow women to make informed decisions. The scoring matrix used in this study to assess the quality of information relating to EOC can guide best practice for clinics in advertising EOC to prospective customers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)605-609
Number of pages5
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Volume60
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020

Keywords

  • advertising
  • elective oocyte cryopreservation
  • fertility clinic
  • patient-centred care
  • policy

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