Conceiving of change: a brief intervention increases young adults' knowledge of fertility and the effectiveness of in vitro fertilization

Wojcieszek, Aleena M. and Thompson, Rachel (2013) Conceiving of change: a brief intervention increases young adults' knowledge of fertility and the effectiveness of in vitro fertilization. Fertility and Sterility, 100 2: 523-529. doi:10.1016/j.fertnstert.2013.03.050


Author Wojcieszek, Aleena M.
Thompson, Rachel
Title Conceiving of change: a brief intervention increases young adults' knowledge of fertility and the effectiveness of in vitro fertilization
Journal name Fertility and Sterility   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0015-0282
1556-5653
Publication date 2013-08
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2013.03.050
Open Access Status
Volume 100
Issue 2
Start page 523
End page 529
Total pages 7
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective To examine the effectiveness of an educational intervention in increasing knowledge of fertility and the effectiveness of IVF among university students in Australia.

Design Two-group, pretest–posttest design.

Setting A large metropolitan university in Queensland, Australia.

Patient(s) One hundred thirty-seven male and female undergraduate students.

Intervention(s) Online information brochure on fertility (intervention group), or an online information brochure on home ownership (control group).

Main Outcome Measure(s) Knowledge of fertility, knowledge of IVF effectiveness, and desired age at commencement and completion of childbearing, assessed immediately before and after exposure to the brochure.

Result(s) Exposure to the brochure resulted in significant increases in knowledge of fertility and knowledge of IVF effectiveness in the intervention group and significant decreases in desired age at commencement and completion of childbearing. No changes were observed in the control group.

Conclusion(s) Educational intervention is a worthwhile endeavor that can increase knowledge of fertility and IVF effectiveness in the short-term. Further research is needed to evaluate whether increased knowledge persists and affects intentions in the longer-term. Because the determinants of timing of childbearing are highly multifactorial, fertility education should be paired with policies and practices that support men and women to make informed decisions about the timing of childbearing.
Keyword Fertility awareness
Delayed childbearing
IVF
Intervention
Education
University-students
Randomized-trials
Consort statement
Womens knowledge
Canadian men
Childbearing
Female
Age
Decisions
Attitudes
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2014 Collection
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