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Psychosocial Determinants of Continuing or Discontinuing Infertility Treatment: A Psychological Analysis

This study has been completed.
Fund for Scientific Research, Flanders, Belgium
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Thomas D'Hooghe, University Hospital, Gasthuisberg Identifier:
First received: September 8, 2009
Last updated: March 28, 2013
Last verified: March 2013

The current study aims to explore and analyse the decision making process of couples in regards to continuing or discontinuing infertility treatment. A longitudinal, prospective cohort design is used which allows the monitoring of patients over a longer period of time. Data will be collected quantitatively (questionnaires) as well as qualitatively (in-depth interviews) to allow for a more specific and in depth experience than can be obtained by using a questionnaire study. Innovative aspects of the study include:

  1. exploration of determinants of continuing and discontinuing infertility treatment by using a comprehensive psychological theory (both surface and in-depth)
  2. exploration of gender differences in the decision making process in continuing or discontinuing treatment
  3. longitudinal and prospective arm of the study will allow to gain insight into the 'process'
  4. prediction of continuing/discontinuing treatment based on psychological variables.

Condition Intervention
Behavioral: self-report questionnaire

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Psychosocial Determinants of Continuing or Discontinuing Infertility Treatment: A Psychological Analysis

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Further study details as provided by Thomas D'Hooghe, University Hospital, Gasthuisberg:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • psychological predictors of continuing or discontinuing infertility treatment [ Time Frame: 2 years ]

Enrollment: 315
Study Start Date: November 2007
Study Completion Date: June 2011
Primary Completion Date: June 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
No Intervention: Included in questionnaire study Behavioral: self-report questionnaire
validated self-report questionnaires on psychosocial determinants


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 50 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • first IVF/ICSI treatment
  • sufficient knowledge of Dutch to fill out questionnaires
  • heterosexual couples

Exclusion Criteria:

  • insufficient knowledge of Dutch
  • having had previous IVF/ICSI treatment
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00974649

University Hospitals Gasthuisberg
Leuven, Belgium, 3000
Sponsors and Collaborators
University Hospital, Gasthuisberg
Fund for Scientific Research, Flanders, Belgium
Study Director: Thomas D'Hooghe, M.D., PhD University Hospital Gasthuisberg, Leuven, Belgium
Principal Investigator: Uschi Van den Broeck, M.A. University Hospitals Gasthuisberg, Leuven, Belgium
  More Information

Responsible Party: Thomas D'Hooghe, Professor, M.D., Phd, University Hospital, Gasthuisberg Identifier: NCT00974649     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: UZL FWO
Study First Received: September 8, 2009
Last Updated: March 28, 2013

Keywords provided by Thomas D'Hooghe, University Hospital, Gasthuisberg:
predictors of treatment continuation/discontinuation
Assisted Reproduction

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Genital Diseases, Male
Genital Diseases, Female processed this record on May 25, 2017