Researchers are looking at patient information currently available about fertility treatment and are keen to talk to anyone who either has had treatment in the past or is thinking about it as an option. The study is called the Empowering Patient Informed Choices (EPIC) study and it is about developing better patient-centred information. The research team wants to know what helps when it comes to making decisions, particularly related to additional treatments.
You can take part here – it takes about ten minutes to complete the survey https://lse.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bdAnfkKd2YGp5qd
If you have personal experience of fertility problems, could you help with a project which aims to discover what you really want and need from fertility research? A group supported by the Cochrane Gynaecology and Fertility Group and the University of Oxford is bringing together people with fertility problems, healthcare professionals, and researchers to try to establish the top ten questions that they want future research projects to answer. You can take part in this by answering some questions in a couple of short surveys that the researchers estimate will take no more than ten minutes to complete.
This is really important work as it will help ensure that future research focuses on what you want and need to know to help you to make informed choices – so do find a spare ten minutes for this if you possibly can!
There are more details and a link to the survey here
I’ve had a research request from a student studying for a Master’s degree at the University of Huddersfield who is looking at the experiences and opinions of women who are over the age of thirty five who are considering or undergoing fertility treatment. Interviews will be done over the telephone or in person, and will take up to an hour. They will be recorded so that they can be transcribed, but your name will not be kept with the transcript and you will be given a pseudonym to protect your identity. If you are interested in taking part and want to know more, you can contact Kirstie Rothwell by email at Kirstie.Rothwell@hud.ac.uk