›› 2012, Vol. 32 ›› Issue (8): 997-.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8115.2012.08.008

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Preliminary investigation and analysis of demand for ethics education in patients with infertility

GUO Jing1, WANG Ling2, CHEN Pei2, ZHAO Xiao-ming2, YUAN Hui-yun1   

  1. 1.Party Committee Propaganda Department, 2.Reproductive Medicine Center, Renji Hospital, Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine, Shanghai 200127, China
  • Online:2012-08-28 Published:2012-08-29
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    Shanghai Association of Medical Ethics Foundation, 201101


Objective To identify the medical demand of patients with infertility and the content and implementation method of ethics education. Methods A total of 150 patients with infertility were randomly selected, and the questionnaire survey of demand for ethics education was conducted. The questionnaire was designed on the basis of expert consultation, which included the demand for medical service and difficulty in asking for medical help, current situation of ethics education, awareness of patients on treatment, content and effect of ethics education and ways of ethics education. The recovery rate of questionnaire was 100%. Results Patients with infertility needed medical advice urgently, but the current situation of ethics education provided by medical institutions was not optimistic. Patients were not completely aware of the treatment course and legal consequence, and were not clear of the content of ethics education. Besides, the degree of acceptance for the mode of ethics education also needed to be improved. Conclusion Ethics education for patients with infertility is necessary and feasible, in which strengthening informed consent principle is the key problem to perfect the current ethics education. Medical institutions should design the content and process of ethics education standardly, and implement the ethics education though different ways, so that patients with infertility can get a variety of information.

Key words: infertility, patient, ethics education, demand survey