Published online by Cambridge University Press: 14 June 2019
Choosing ART treatment is a major life decision. Patients have a fundamental right to patient-centered healthcare that respects their unique needs, preferences and values.
At the heart of a patient’s question about success rates is the need to know whether they can be assured of the best chance of taking home a healthy baby. However, choosing a clinic based solely on reported success rates can create unrealistic expectations, as pregnancy rates vary tremendously, depending on the type of treatment, the age and cause of infertility. ‘League Tables’ comparing the performance of one clinic to another can be misleading. More than 25 years’ experience from patients’ organizations suggest that many pursue ART without fully understanding the risks and potential complications. The format of ART surveillance reports varies considerably and are usually written for a scientific audience.
Therefore, ART surveillance data should be available in a format that is unbiased, understandable and meaningful.