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Titolo:
INFERTILITY - WITHIN THE DOMAIN OF THE FAMILY PHYSICIAN
Autore:
ITTNER E; HIMMEL W; KOCHEN MM;
Indirizzi:
UNIV GOTTINGEN,ABT ALLGEMEINMED,ROBERT KOCH ST 42 D-37075 GOTTINGEN GERMANY
Titolo Testata:
PPmP. Psychotherapie, Psychosomatik, medizinische Psychologie
fascicolo: 8, volume: 47, anno: 1997,
pagine: 263 - 270
SICI:
0937-2032(1997)47:8<263:I-WTDO>2.0.ZU;2-3
Fonte:
ISI
Lingua:
ENG
Soggetto:
COUPLE; PREVALENCE;
Keywords:
INFERTILITY; PSYCHOLOGY; ATTITUDE OF HEALTH PERSONNEL; PATIENT-CENTERED CARE; PHYSICIAN-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP; FAMILY PRACTICE;
Tipo documento:
Article
Natura:
Periodico
Settore Disciplinare:
Physical, Chemical & Earth Sciences
Citazioni:
62
Recensione:
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Citazione:
E. Ittner et al., "INFERTILITY - WITHIN THE DOMAIN OF THE FAMILY PHYSICIAN", PPmP. Psychotherapie, Psychosomatik, medizinische Psychologie, 47(8), 1997, pp. 263-270

Abstract

The aim of the study was to assess whether or not management of infertility is within the domain of the general practitioner in his capacity as a family physician. All accredited family physicians in the widerarea of Goettingen were invited to take part in our survey. A total of 57 doctors (84%) participated. In personal interviews the family physicians were encouraged to frankly discuss the following main topics: the frequency of infertility in their own practice as well as their care for and attitudes towards infertile patients. Many family physicians interviewed were reluctant to address involuntary childlessness and underestimated its frequency. According to their patients' needs and demands, however, family doctors - above all in rural practices - have been participating in the screening and counseling of, and providing emotional support for, involuntarily childless patients. A qualitative analysis of the interview data revealed that many family physicians regarded infertility as the patients' private matter and placed it within the domain of specialists. About one-third of the physicians expressed negative attitudes towards infertile patients. Moreover, assisted reproduction techniques were sometimes rejected as ''unnatural'' methods. If a family-oriented approach should be amplified in family practice by offering supportive counseling for infertile patients, continuingmedical education will have to take these attitudes into account.

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