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Impact of an educational intervention and insurance coverage on patients' preferences to transfer multiple embryos.
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PMID:  22683149     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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Multiple gestations resulting from IVF continue to be a major problem associated with maternal/neonatal morbidity and mortality including preterm labour/delivery, pre-eclampsia and post-partum haemorrhage. A prospective survey at a university IVF clinic evaluated the effect of education and insurance coverage on patients' preferences for single-embryo transfer (SET) versus double-embryo transfer (DET). Patients undergoing IVF treatment from September 2008 to October 2009 were included. The main outcome measure was patients' preference of SET versus DET. Patients were sent an educational handout describing maternal and fetal risks of twin gestation. A total of 163 patients (32.6% response rate) returned the pre- and post-education surveys regarding preferences for SET versus DET based on three different IVF insurance coverage scenarios (no coverage, two cycles covered and unlimited coverage). There were statistically significant differences in the preference for SET before and after education across all insurance scenarios (scenario 1, 42.0% versus 61.1%; scenario 2, 50.6% versus 71.0%; and scenario 3, 61.7% versus 79.6%; P<0.001 for all scenarios). Before education, patients preferred SET more in the unlimited coverage scenario (61.7%) versus no coverage (42.0%; P<0.001). An educational handout and increasing the amount of insurance coverage significantly increased a patient's preference for SET. Multiple gestations resulting from IVF continue to be a major problem. Twin gestation increases the risk of pregnancy for the mother as well as the newborn. One strategy used to decrease the incidence of twins from IVF is transferring a single embryo. A prospective survey study was performed at a university IVF clinic. Our objective was to evaluate the effect of education and insurance coverage on a patient's preference for single- versus double-embryo transfer. The population included patients undergoing IVF treatment from September 2008 to October 2009. The main outcome measure was a patient's preference of single- versus double-embryo transfer. A total of 162 patients were surveyed before and after education regarding the maternal and fetal risks of a twin gestation on their preferences for a double- versus single-embryo transfer. Patients were given three different scenarios regarding IVF insurance coverage including either no IVF insurance coverage, limited IVF insurance coverage or unlimited IVF insurance coverage. There were statistically significant differences in the preference for a single-embryo transfer before and after education across all insurance scenarios (P<0.001). Patients preferred single-embryo transfer more in the unlimited coverage scenario versus the no coverage (P<0.001). An educational handout and increasing the amount of insurance coverage significantly increased a patient's preference for single embryo transfer.
Authors:
Daniel Griffin; Lindsay Brown; Richard Feinn; Mary Casey Jacob; Victoria Scranton; James Egan; John Nulsen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-4-22
Journal Detail:
Title:  Reproductive biomedicine online     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1472-6491     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-6-11     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101122473     Medline TA:  Reprod Biomed Online     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Reproductive Healthcare Ltd. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, The Center for Advanced Reproductive Services, University of Connecticut Health Center, 263 Farmington Ave., Farmington, CT 06030-6224, United States.
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