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To treat or not to treat: perceptions of the initial American Society for Reproductive Medicine COVID-19 recommendations among women's health providers.

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Wiltshire, A; Jackson-Bey, T; Walker, Z; Chiang, JL; MacLennan, PA; Gunn, D; Hurd, WW
Published in: J Assist Reprod Genet
March 2021

PURPOSE: The objective of this study was to evaluate the perception of the initial ASRM COVID-19 recommendations for infertility treatment held by women's health providers within varying subspecialties, as well as their attitudes toward pregnancy and fertility during this time. METHODS: An electronic survey was sent to all women's healthcare providers, including physicians, mid-level providers and nurses, in all subspecialties of obstetrics and gynaecology (Ob/Gyn) at a large tertiary care university-affiliated hospital. RESULTS: Of the 278 eligible providers, the survey response rate was 45% (n = 127). Participants represented 8 Ob/Gyn subspecialties and all professional levels. Participants age 18-30 years were significantly more likely to feel that women should have access to infertility treatment despite the burden level of COVID-19 in respective community/states (p = 0.0058). Participants within the subspecialties of general Ob/Gyn, maternal foetal medicine and gynecologic oncology were significantly more likely to disagree that all women should refrain from planned conception during the COVID-19 pandemic, in comparison to those in urogynecology and reproductive endocrinology and infertility (p = 0.0003). CONCLUSIONS: Considering the immediate and unknown long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on fertility care delivery, a better understanding of perceptions regarding infertility management during this time is important. Our study shows overall support for the initial ASRM recommendations, representing a wide spectrum of women's health providers.

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J Assist Reprod Genet

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EISSN

1573-7330

Publication Date

March 2021

Volume

38

Issue

3

Start / End Page

621 / 626

Location

Netherlands

Related Subject Headings

  • Women's Health
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Perception
  • Pandemics
  • Obstetrics & Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics
  • Male
  • Humans
 

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Wiltshire, A., Jackson-Bey, T., Walker, Z., Chiang, J. L., MacLennan, P. A., Gunn, D., & Hurd, W. W. (2021). To treat or not to treat: perceptions of the initial American Society for Reproductive Medicine COVID-19 recommendations among women's health providers. J Assist Reprod Genet, 38(3), 621–626. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10815-021-02064-w
Wiltshire, Ashley, Tia Jackson-Bey, Zachary Walker, Jasmine L. Chiang, Paul A. MacLennan, Deidre Gunn, and William W. Hurd. “To treat or not to treat: perceptions of the initial American Society for Reproductive Medicine COVID-19 recommendations among women's health providers.J Assist Reprod Genet 38, no. 3 (March 2021): 621–26. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10815-021-02064-w.
Wiltshire A, Jackson-Bey T, Walker Z, Chiang JL, MacLennan PA, Gunn D, et al. To treat or not to treat: perceptions of the initial American Society for Reproductive Medicine COVID-19 recommendations among women's health providers. J Assist Reprod Genet. 2021 Mar;38(3):621–6.
Wiltshire, Ashley, et al. “To treat or not to treat: perceptions of the initial American Society for Reproductive Medicine COVID-19 recommendations among women's health providers.J Assist Reprod Genet, vol. 38, no. 3, Mar. 2021, pp. 621–26. Pubmed, doi:10.1007/s10815-021-02064-w.
Wiltshire A, Jackson-Bey T, Walker Z, Chiang JL, MacLennan PA, Gunn D, Hurd WW. To treat or not to treat: perceptions of the initial American Society for Reproductive Medicine COVID-19 recommendations among women's health providers. J Assist Reprod Genet. 2021 Mar;38(3):621–626.
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Published In

J Assist Reprod Genet

DOI

EISSN

1573-7330

Publication Date

March 2021

Volume

38

Issue

3

Start / End Page

621 / 626

Location

Netherlands

Related Subject Headings

  • Women's Health
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Perception
  • Pandemics
  • Obstetrics & Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics
  • Male
  • Humans