Is your IVF programme good?
Source: Human Reproduction, Volume 17, Number 1, January 2002 , pp. 8-10(3)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Abstract:Few standards exist today to assess the quality of an IVF centre. Although much focus is placed upon pregnancy rates, emphasis on this outcome alone is inadequate. The purpose of this report is to examine those factors that should be considered in assessing the overall quality of an IVF centre. Current methods to assess quality are reviewed. Many governing bodies throughout the world currently focus solely on pregnancy rates, which can be misguided if factors such as multiple pregnancies, ovarian hyperstimulation, patient satisfaction, and the proper evaluation of laboratory and clinical protocols are not taken into account. Measurements of quality and methods to improve it are critical in all business models, including IVF. We propose an international standard such as the ISO 9001 for IVF centres to properly evaluate and improve the delivery of their care.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2002-01-01
- Human Reproduction features full-length, peer-reviewed papers reporting original research, clinical case histories, as well as opinions and debates on topical issues. Papers published cover the scientific and medical aspects of reproductive physiology and pathology, endocrinology, andrology, gonad function, gametogenesis, fertilization, embryo development, implantation, pregnancy, genetics, genetic diagnosis, oncology, infectious disease, surgery, contraception, infertility treatment, psychology, ethics and social issues. The highest scientific and editorial standard is maintained throughout the journal along with a rapid rate of publication.