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Patient centred care in infertility health care: Direct and indirect associations with wellbeing during treatment

Gameiro, Sofia, Canavarro, Maria Cristina and Boivin, Jacky 2013. Patient centred care in infertility health care: Direct and indirect associations with wellbeing during treatment. Patient Education and Counseling 93 (3) , pp. 646-654. 10.1016/j.pec.2013.08.015

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Objective: To investigate whether different dimensions of patient centred care (PCC) were directly associated with wellbeing or indirectly, via lower concerns about medical procedures and/or increased tolerability of treatment. Methods: Cross-sectional study with 322 women and 111 men undergoing fertility diagnosis or treatment recruited online and in clinical setting. Participants completed questionnaires that assess PCC (PCQ-Infertility), individual (BSI Anxiety and Depression subscales) and relational wellbeing (FertiQoL Relational Domain), treatment concerns (CART Procedural Concerns scale) and tolerability (FertiQoL Tolerability Domain) and they filled a socio-demographic and fertility data file. Results: All dimensions of PCC were positively associated with better wellbeing except for organization of care. Information provision and continuity of care were indirectly associated with better individual wellbeing, the first via lower treatment concerns and the second via higher treatment tolerability. Competence, accessibility, continuity and communication were indirectly associated with better relational wellbeing via higher treatment tolerability. Conclusions: Patient centred care promotes wellbeing during treatment. PCC is directly associated to wellbeing but also indirectly. The mode of action of the different PCC dimensions on wellbeing varies. Practical implications: To promote patients’ wellbeing during treatment clinics should provide treatment related information and allow patients to establish a stable clinical relationship with a trustworthy and competent physician.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0738-3991
Funders: Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (SFRH/BPD/63063/2009)
Date of Acceptance: 11 August 2013
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2017 20:13

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