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The Fertility Quality of Life (FertiQoL) tool: development and general psychometric properties

Boivin, Jacky, Takefman, J. and Braverman, A. 2011. The Fertility Quality of Life (FertiQoL) tool: development and general psychometric properties. Fertility and Sterility 96 (2) , pp. 409-415. 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2011.02.046

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Abstract

Objective To develop the first international instrument to measure fertility quality of life, FertiQoL, in men and women experiencing fertility problems, to evaluate the preliminary psychometric properties of this new tool and to translate FertiQoL into multiple languages. Design Survey. Setting Online and fertility clinics in USA, Australia/New Zealand, Canada, and United Kingdom. Participants A total of 1,414 people with fertility problems. Intervention(s) None. Main Outcome Measure(s) FertiQoL. Result(s) FertiQoL consists of 36 items that assess core (24 items) and treatment-related (10 items) quality of life as well as overall life and physical health (2 items). Cronbach reliability statistics for the Core and Treatment FertiQoL (and subscales) were satisfactory, in the range of 0.72 and 0.92. Sensitivity analyses showed that FertiQoL detected expected relations between quality of life and gender, parity, and support seeking. FertiQoL was translated into 20 languages by the same translation team, with each translation verified by local bilingual fertility experts. Conclusion(s) FertiQoL is a reliable measure of the impact of fertility problems and its treatment on quality of life. Future research should establish its use in cross-cultural research and clinical work.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Uncontrolled Keywords: Infertility; quality of life; psychology; treatment; assessment; burden; assisted reproductive technologies; in vitro fertilization
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0015-0282
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 02:48
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/12262

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