Journal article

How to facilitate decisions about surplus embryos: patients' views

Giuliana Fuscaldo, Sarah Russell, Lynn Gillam

HUMAN REPRODUCTION | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2007

Abstract

BACKGROUND: In Victoria, Australia, legislation governing fertility treatment provides that surplus human embryos must not be stored for longer than 5 years. Couples must then choose one of three options: discard, donate to research or donate to another infertile couple. Previous research suggests that many people find these decisions difficult and emotionally distressing. This study aims to elucidate the nature of these difficulties and to identify ways in which the decision-making process could be facilitated. METHODS: This project used a combination of qualitative research methods. In total, 42 people agreed to participate in either a structured interview or a group discussion. All partic..

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