Do infertile women and their partners have equal experiences with fertility care?

In fertility care, we should listen to both members of the infertile couple. Our results show that experiences with patient-centered fertility care are only slightly different within the couple.

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Aleida G. Huppelschoten, M.D., Noortje T.L. van Duijnhoven, Ph.D., Peter F.J. van Bomme, M.D., Ph.D., Jan A.M. Kremer, M.D., Ph.D., Willianne L.D.M. Nelen, M.D., Ph.D.

Volume 99, Issue 3, Pages 832-838, 1 March 2013



To study the possible differences between women and their partners’ experiences with patient-centered fertility care.


A cross-sectional study.


We performed this study within 32 Dutch fertility clinics.


A total of 1620 infertile women and their partners, under treatment in one of the participating clinics, were randomly selected to participate in this study.



Main outcome measure:

Level of patient-centeredness, measured with the validated Patient-centeredness Questionnaire-Infertility questionnaire (PCQ-Infertility).


Questionnaires from 696 women and 520 partners could be analyzed. No significant difference in PCQ-Infertility total score was found between women and their partners. The partners scored significantly higher on the subscales ‘Respect for patients values’ and ‘Staff’s competence’ compared to their women.


Patients’ experiences with fertility care are only slightly different between women and their partners. This can be valuable in the process of improvement of patient-centered fertility care, one of the core dimensions of quality of care.

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Fertility and Sterility

Editorial Office, American Society for Reproductive Medicine

Fertility and Sterility® is an international journal for obstetricians, gynecologists, reproductive endocrinologists, urologists, basic scientists and others who treat and investigate problems of infertility and human reproductive disorders.