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Attitudes towards embryo donation among healthcare professionals working in child healthcare: a survey study
Linkoping Univ, Dept Clin & Expt Med, Fac Hlth Sci, SE-58183 Linkoping, Sweden.
Linkoping Univ, Dept Clin & Expt Med, Fac Hlth Sci, SE-58183 Linkoping, Sweden;Cty Council Ostergotland, Dept Gynaecol & Obstet Linkoping, Linkoping, Sweden.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Research group (Dept. of women´s and children´s health), Reproductive Health.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4729-9962
Karolinska Inst, Dept Womens & Childrens Hlth, Tomtebodavagen 18A, SE-17177 Stockholm, Sweden.
2019 (English)In: BMC Pediatrics, ISSN 1471-2431, E-ISSN 1471-2431, Vol. 19, article id 209Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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BackgroundThe aim of this study was to investigate attitudes towards embryo donation and embryo donation families among professionals working in primary child healthcare, and their experiences of these families.MethodsA cross-sectional online survey was conducted in Sweden between April and November 2016. A total of 712 primary healthcare physicians, registered nurses and psychologists were approached to participate in this study. The study-specific questionnaire measured attitudes and experiences in the following four domains: legalisation and financing, the family and the child's health, clinical experience of meeting families following embryo donation, and knowledge of embryo donation.ResultsOf the 189 women and 18 men who completed the questionnaire (response rate 29%), relatively few (13%) had clinical experience of caring for families following embryo donation. Overall, 69% supported legalisation of embryo donation for infertile couples, and 54% agreed it should be publicly funded. The majority (88%) agreed the child should have the right to know the donors' identity. Respondents did not believe that children conceived through embryo donation are as healthy as other children (50%), citing the risks of poor mental health (17%) and social stigmatization (18%). Approximately half reported low confidence in their own knowledge of embryo donation (47%) and wanted to know more (58%).ConclusionsThese results indicate relatively large support among healthcare professionals in Sweden for the legalisation of embryo donation. In order to provide adequate healthcare to families following embryo donation, there is a need to develop educational resources to increase knowledge about the medical and psychosocial consequences of embryo donation among healthcare professionals working in primary healthcare.

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BMC , 2019. Vol. 19, article id 209
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Attitudes, Embryo donation, Healthcare professionals, Paediatric, Reproductive medicine
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Nursing Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-390820DOI: 10.1186/s12887-019-1578-4ISI: 000472871600003PubMedID: 31238888OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-390820DiVA, id: diva2:1343145
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and WelfareAvailable from: 2019-08-15 Created: 2019-08-15 Last updated: 2019-08-15Bibliographically approved

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