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A feasibility study of a brief coping intervention (PRCI) for the waiting period before a pregnancy test during fertility treatment

Lancastle, Deborah Susan and Boivin, Jacky ORCID: 2008. A feasibility study of a brief coping intervention (PRCI) for the waiting period before a pregnancy test during fertility treatment. Human Reproduction 23 (10) , pp. 2299-2307. 10.1093/humrep/den257

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BACKGROUND Waiting for a pregnancy test during fertility treatment can be particularly stressful because distress and intrusive cognitions about the nature and implications of the result can reduce quality of life. The aim of this feasibility study was to establish whether a novel brief coping intervention (positive reappraisal coping intervention, PRCI) card that encouraged women waiting for an IVF pregnancy test to redefine the waiting period more positively would be acceptable and practical in this context. METHODS Women (n = 55) were randomly assigned on the day of embryo transfer. Women read either 10 statements in a PRCI (n = 28) or 10 statements in a positive self-affirmative (positive mood) intervention (PMI; n = 27) twice daily for 14 days between embryo transfer (T1) and the pregnancy test (T2). At T2, we evaluated the practicality, acceptability, perceived benefits and endorsements of these cards. RESULTS Compared with the PMI, the PRCI was rated as more helpful and suitable for the situation, helping women to feel more positive and better helping to sustain efforts to cope. There were no differences relating to the practicality of the intervention method. CONCLUSIONS PRCI was feasible in the IVF context and was perceived as an acceptable intervention to help minimize the strain of waiting for pregnancy test results during fertility treatment. Future research needs to evaluate the full benefits of PRCI against routine care during the waiting period.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Uncontrolled Keywords: infertility, psychological, coping, waiting period
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0268-1161
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2022 07:46

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