Male subfertility as a chronic illness: the role of adaptive challenges.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Male factor infertility (MFI) is extremely common, often with several associated chronic health conditions. Because a man's fertility assessment may be their first contact with health services, the health care team has a responsibility to act as male health advocates to ensure comprehensive care. The diagnosis of subfertility allows a broader view of these men as patients with a chronic illness who have complex health needs. Because of the associated complexity of care following evaluation, there needs to be new approach in how men affected by MFI should be managed long term. In this commentary, we propose that the Adaptive Leadership Framework model for Chronic Illness is a suitable vehicle to use for management of the MFI patient's journey towards optimized health.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Stevenson, EL; McEleny, KR

Published Date

  • September 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 20 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 148 - 154

PubMed ID

  • 28330414

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1742-8149

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1464-7273

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/14647273.2017.1303198


  • eng