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Quality of life of Sudanese patients attending a fertility clinic: a mixed methods study

Bayoumi, Rasha R., Koert, Emily, Boivin, Jacky ORCID:, Viswanath, Kasisomayajula and McConnell, Margaret 2021. Quality of life of Sudanese patients attending a fertility clinic: a mixed methods study. Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine 9 (1) , pp. 1006-1030. 10.1080/21642850.2021.2007773

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Background Infertility affects over 50 million people globally, the burden is disproportionately borne by women, especially in low and middle-income countries (LMIC). The impact of infertility on quality of life (QoL) has not been well documented or assessed qualitatively in LMIC like Sudan, where infertility is a pervasive problem. Therefore, the purpose of this mixed-methods study was to assess the fertility-related QoL of infertile individuals in Sudan using the fertility quality of life (FertiQoL) tool. Methods We used explanatory sequential design (surveys and interviews) in a fertility clinic in Sudan (January 2017–May 2018). We collected socio-demographic information, medical/reproductive history and used Arabic FertiQoL. We generated descriptive statistics of FertiQoL (core, domain) scores and independent variables; multiple linear regression models to assess the relationship between FertiQoL and dependent variables; and t-tests to compare mean core/domain scores. We conducted thematic analysis on qualitative data about the subjective experience of being infertile. Results The study included 102 participants (72 women), 70 educated beyond secondary school, mean age 33.89 years (SD = 7.82) and mean duration of infertility was 4.03 years (SD 3.29). Mean FertiQoL core score 76.02 (SD = 16.26), domain scores: emotional 71.61 (SD = 22.04), relational 78.06 (SD = 16.62), mind/body 74.06 (SD 22.53) and social 78.88 (SD = 18.24). Men had better fertility-related QoL.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Additional Information: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License ( licenses/by/4.0/)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Open Access
ISSN: 2164-2850
Funders: ESRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 13 December 2021
Date of Acceptance: 13 November 2021
Last Modified: 27 May 2023 01:04

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