Toward a more meaningful in vitro fertilization success rate.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

PURPOSE: The objective was to explore the variability in in vitro fertilization (IVF) success rates. METHODS: Published success rates from IVF clinics in North America were investigated to establish types of biases and potential inaccuracies. RESULTS: Success rates reported by IVF clinics vary with regard to the indices and patient populations used to compute them. Selection bias and misunderstood statistics are major factors contributing to the inappropriateness of certain rates. CONCLUSIONS: The influence of privatization and market forces also may contribute to the need to oversimplify IVF statistics.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Deonandan, R; Campbell, MK; Østbye, T; Tummon, I

Published Date

  • October 2000

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 17 / 9

Start / End Page

  • 498 - 503

PubMed ID

  • 11155322

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3455266

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1058-0468

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1023/a:1009489624045


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Netherlands