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

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 10, 2009
Last Update Posted : March 29, 2013
Fund for Scientific Research, Flanders, Belgium
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Thomas D'Hooghe, University Hospital, Gasthuisberg

Brief Summary:

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 or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Infertility Behavioral: self-report questionnaire Not Applicable

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 315 participants
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Psychosocial Determinants of Continuing or Discontinuing Infertility Treatment: A Psychological Analysis
Study Start Date : November 2007
Actual Primary Completion Date : June 2011
Actual Study Completion Date : June 2011

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MedlinePlus related topics: Infertility

Arm Intervention/treatment
No Intervention: Included in questionnaire study Behavioral: self-report questionnaire
validated self-report questionnaires on psychosocial determinants

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

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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 (NCT number): 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

Publications of Results:
Responsible Party: Thomas D'Hooghe, Professor, M.D., Phd, University Hospital, Gasthuisberg Identifier: NCT00974649     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: UZL FWO
First Posted: September 10, 2009    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 29, 2013
Last Verified: March 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