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Fertility quality of life tool: update on research and practice considerations

Koert, Emily, Takefman, Janet and Boivin, Jacky ORCID: 2021. Fertility quality of life tool: update on research and practice considerations. Human Fertility 24 (4) , pp. 236-248. 10.1080/14647273.2019.1648887

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The 36-item Fertility Quality of Life (FertiQoL) tool is increasingly used in research and practice. It measures quality of life in four personal domains (emotional, social, relational, mind/body) and two treatment domains (tolerability, environment). A literature review of published empirical research using FertiQoL was undertaken to provide an overview of this research base. Five databases were searched using ‘FertiQoL’ and its variant. In total, 41 published articles from 35 independent samples in 23 countries involving 16,315 participants, mainly in clinical settings, were reviewed. FertiQoL was used for three main purposes: (i) to assess quality of life and FertiQoL measurement properties (especially Core FertiQoL) using cross-sectional designs; (ii) to identify correlates, predictors, and consequences of fertility quality of life (some of which included international comparisons); (iii) to assess the effect of psychological interventions on fertility quality of life. The range of median FertiQoL Core, Treatment and subscale (scaled) scores in 31 samples was between 60 and 75. Poorer fertility quality of life was consistently associated with being a woman, longer duration of infertility, poorer psychological functioning and lower patient–centred care. Some FertiQoL subscale scores improved after psychological interventions. Future research should address measurement issues and examine reported associations with fertility quality of life.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1464-7273
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 7 May 2019
Date of Acceptance: 29 April 2019
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2022 09:40

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