Guidelines for the provision of psychological evaluations for infertile patients at the University of Connecticut Health Center

S. C. Klock*, D. Maier

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Objective: Because of the psychologically demanding nature of infertility treatment, it has been recommended that psychological services be made available to infertile patients. However, no specific guidelines for the scope or usage of those services has been proposed. Our objective was to formulate guidelines to be used at our institution to provide psychological evaluations to infertility patients. Design: The guidelines were formulated through discussions between the division psychologist and attendings and then presented to and modified by the University Ethics, Risk Management, Legal, and Institutional Review Board departments. Setting: The University of Connecticut Health Center Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility provides tertiary level care to infertility patients. Services include assisted reproductive technologies and donor gamete programs. Surrogate parenting is not a provided service. Results: Guidelines for the provision and use of psychological services for infertility patients were formulated. Conclusions: These guidelines are preliminary in nature and intended to provide a starting point for discussion among physicians, nurses, and mental health professionals regarding the psychological needs of infertility patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)680-685
Number of pages6
JournalFertility and Sterility
Volume56
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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