Efficacy of Video-based Education in Improving Understanding of Pediatric Fertility Preservation

Maria T. Hanna, Nicole Handa, Monica M. Laronda, Erin E. Rowell*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Eighty percent of children diagnosed with cancer in childhood survive into adulthood. Fertility preservation (FP) is an important consideration, and procedures are available to reduce the risk of infertility following gonadotoxic therapies. Discussing FP options eases decision-making and minimizes regret; however, poor comprehension of these topics remains a challenge. This study evaluates if video-based educational tools increase understanding of FP options among pediatric patients and families. Videos were first tested among participants not at risk of infertility to ensure objective utility and optimize quality. In part 1, parents of pediatric surgical patients were randomized to view 2 publicly available educational videos on FP in differing orders. Each group completed pre-surveys and post-surveys assessing the comprehension and perception of video quality. In part 2, the parent and patient participants completed a comprehension assessment before and after viewing our institution-specific educational video, designed based on participant feedback from part 1. Part 1 results demonstrated a significant increase in participant knowledge and perceived understanding after viewing the videos (P<0.001), regardless of order. In part 2, the post-test comprehension scores were significantly improved for all participants and all subgroups, P<0.01. Results suggest that video-based educational tools may help to reduce barriers to FP in pediatric oncology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E487-E495
JournalJournal of pediatric hematology/oncology
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 1 2023


  • fertility preservation
  • gonadal tissue cryopreservation
  • procedure consultation
  • surrogate decision-making
  • video education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Oncology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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