Assessment of United States fertility clinic websites according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)/Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) guidelines

Mary E. Abusief, Mark D. Hornstein, Tarun Jain*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Objective: To evaluate SART-member fertility clinic websites for their compliance with the 2004 ASRM/SART guidelines for advertising (which is deemed mandatory for clinic membership), to survey the general characteristics of the websites, and to assess differences between academic and private clinic websites. Design: Cross-sectional evaluation. Setting: The Internet. Patients: None. Interventions: None. Main Outcome Measures: Eleven objective criteria based on 2004 ASRM/SART guidelines for advertising and eight objective criteria for general characteristics of fertility clinic websites. Results: All 384 SART-registered clinics were evaluated; 289 (75.3%) had functional websites (211 private, 78 academic). Success rates were published on 51% of websites (117 private, 31 academic), the majority of which were private clinics (p=.025). The percentage of fertility clinic websites adhering to ASRM/SART guidelines was low in all categories (ranging from 2.8%-54.5% in private centers and 1.3%-37.2% in academic centers). No statistically significant difference was found in the services offered at private versus academic clinics. Conclusion: A significant proportion of SART-member fertility clinics, both private and academic, that have websites are not following the ASRM/SART guidelines for advertising. Increased dissemination and awareness of the guidelines is warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)88-92
Number of pages5
JournalFertility and Sterility
Volume87
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007

Keywords

  • ART
  • IVF
  • In vitro fertilization
  • advertising
  • guidelines
  • infertility
  • internet
  • quality
  • success rates

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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