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A standard consent form has been developed for those interested in infertility therapy.
The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) has developed a comprehensive document for doctors to use when obtaining informed consent from patients seeking infertility treatment.
"This is our compilation of the important elements of informed consent
that should be reviewed with patients," incoming SART president Dr.
Elizabeth Ginsburg said in an interview with Reuters Health. "It's
designed to be used 'as is,' or it can be used by clinics to adjust
their own consent forms."
"From the standpoint of informed consent I don't think there is any
area of medicine that is more complicated than assisted reproductive
technology," said Ginsburg, a reproductive endocrinologist from Brigham
and Women's Hospital in Boston. "It involves not just the risks of
treatment, but also potential unknown risk to offspring, since this is
a relatively new field."
As presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine annual
meeting in San Francisco, the form explains the different options
available to patients, including, among others, in vitro fertilization
and embryo frozen storage or "cryopreservation."
The document also goes into ethical, legal, and psychosocial issues of assisted reproductive technology.
The document will be available to SART members at www.sart.org/