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Are patients at risk for psychological maladjustment during fertility treatment less willing to comply with treatment? Results from the Portuguese validation of the SCREENIVF.
Hum Reprod. 2014 Feb; 29(2):293-302.HR

Abstract

STUDY QUESTION

Do patients at risk for psychological maladjustment during fertility treatment present lower intentions to comply with recommended treatment than patients not at risk?

SUMMARY ANSWER

Patients at risk of psychological maladjustment present similar high intentions to comply with recommended fertility treatment to those not at risk but their intentions are conditioned by the degree of control they perceive over their fertility and its treatment and their capacity to accept a future without biological children.

WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY

Infertile couples refer to the psychological burden of treatment as one of the most important reasons for withdrawal from recommended treatment. The SCREENIVF can be used before treatment to screen patients at risk for psychological maladjustment by assessing five risk factors: anxiety, depression, helplessness and lack of acceptance cognitions and social support.

STUDY DESIGN, SIZE, DURATION

Cross-sectional study. First, we investigated the psychometric properties of the Portuguese version of the SCREENIVF. Secondly, we investigated associations between risk for psychological maladjustment and intentions to comply with treatment.

PARTICIPANTS/ MATERIALS, SETTING, METHODS

Two hundred and ninety-one women and 92 men undergoing any stage of fertility treatment at Portuguese infertility clinics were recruited online or in the clinical setting (55% response rate). Participants completed questionnaires that assessed their emotional adjustment, quality of life and compliance intentions.

MAIN RESULTS AND ROLE OF CHANCE

The confirmatory factor analysis for the SCREENIVF indicated good fit [χ(2) = 188.50, P < 0.001; comparative fit index = 0.97; root-mean-square error of approximation = 0.06 (90% CI 0.05-0.07)] and all dimensions were reliable (α ≥ 0.70, except depression for men: α = 0.66). Fifty-two percent of women and 30% of men were at risk for maladjustment. Women and men at risk and not at risk for maladjustment reported similar intentions to comply with treatment (P > 0.05). Cognitive risk factors moderated negative associations found between distress and compliance intentions. Higher anxiety was associated with lower compliance intentions for patients with lower helplessness cognitions (β = -0.45, P = 0.01) and men with higher acceptance cognitions (β = -0.60; P = 0.03), but not for patients with higher helplessness cognitions (β = 0.25, P = 0.13) and men with lower acceptance cognitions (β = 0.38; P = 0.21). Higher depression was associated with lower compliance intentions for patients with higher helplessness cognitions (β = -0.33, P = 0.02), but not for patients with lower helplessness cognitions (β = 0.19, P = 0.30).

LIMITATIONS, REASONS FOR CAUTION

Few men participated and thus only medium-to-large effect sizes could be detected for them. Forty-eight percent of participants were recruited online and this could have resulted in higher rates of patients at risk.

WIDER IMPLICATIONS OF THE FINDINGS

The SCREENIVF is not useful to identify patients at risk for non-compliance. However, the clinic staff should be aware that patients who score high on helplessness cognitions and low on acceptance may need additional decisional aid to make autonomous and satisfying decisions about uptake of treatment. The Portuguese version of the SCREENIVF is valid and reliable and can be used with women undergoing any type of fertility treatment.

STUDY FUNDING/ COMPETING INTEREST(S)

S.G. received a postdoctoral fellowship from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT-SFRH/BPD/63063/2009). There are no conflicts of interest to declare.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Coimbra, Rua do Colégio Novo, Coimbra, Apartado 6153, Portugal.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

24287818

Citation

Lopes, V, et al. "Are Patients at Risk for Psychological Maladjustment During Fertility Treatment Less Willing to Comply With Treatment? Results From the Portuguese Validation of the SCREENIVF." Human Reproduction (Oxford, England), vol. 29, no. 2, 2014, pp. 293-302.
Lopes V, Canavarro MC, Verhaak CM, et al. Are patients at risk for psychological maladjustment during fertility treatment less willing to comply with treatment? Results from the Portuguese validation of the SCREENIVF. Hum Reprod. 2014;29(2):293-302.
Lopes, V., Canavarro, M. C., Verhaak, C. M., Boivin, J., & Gameiro, S. (2014). Are patients at risk for psychological maladjustment during fertility treatment less willing to comply with treatment? Results from the Portuguese validation of the SCREENIVF. Human Reproduction (Oxford, England), 29(2), 293-302. https://doi.org/10.1093/humrep/det418
Lopes V, et al. Are Patients at Risk for Psychological Maladjustment During Fertility Treatment Less Willing to Comply With Treatment? Results From the Portuguese Validation of the SCREENIVF. Hum Reprod. 2014;29(2):293-302. PubMed PMID: 24287818.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Are patients at risk for psychological maladjustment during fertility treatment less willing to comply with treatment? Results from the Portuguese validation of the SCREENIVF. AU - Lopes,V, AU - Canavarro,M C, AU - Verhaak,C M, AU - Boivin,J, AU - Gameiro,S, Y1 - 2013/11/27/ PY - 2013/11/30/entrez PY - 2013/11/30/pubmed PY - 2014/9/30/medline KW - compliance KW - infertility KW - medically assisted reproduction KW - psychology SP - 293 EP - 302 JF - Human reproduction (Oxford, England) JO - Hum Reprod VL - 29 IS - 2 N2 - STUDY QUESTION: Do patients at risk for psychological maladjustment during fertility treatment present lower intentions to comply with recommended treatment than patients not at risk? SUMMARY ANSWER: Patients at risk of psychological maladjustment present similar high intentions to comply with recommended fertility treatment to those not at risk but their intentions are conditioned by the degree of control they perceive over their fertility and its treatment and their capacity to accept a future without biological children. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Infertile couples refer to the psychological burden of treatment as one of the most important reasons for withdrawal from recommended treatment. The SCREENIVF can be used before treatment to screen patients at risk for psychological maladjustment by assessing five risk factors: anxiety, depression, helplessness and lack of acceptance cognitions and social support. STUDY DESIGN, SIZE, DURATION: Cross-sectional study. First, we investigated the psychometric properties of the Portuguese version of the SCREENIVF. Secondly, we investigated associations between risk for psychological maladjustment and intentions to comply with treatment. PARTICIPANTS/ MATERIALS, SETTING, METHODS: Two hundred and ninety-one women and 92 men undergoing any stage of fertility treatment at Portuguese infertility clinics were recruited online or in the clinical setting (55% response rate). Participants completed questionnaires that assessed their emotional adjustment, quality of life and compliance intentions. MAIN RESULTS AND ROLE OF CHANCE: The confirmatory factor analysis for the SCREENIVF indicated good fit [χ(2) = 188.50, P < 0.001; comparative fit index = 0.97; root-mean-square error of approximation = 0.06 (90% CI 0.05-0.07)] and all dimensions were reliable (α ≥ 0.70, except depression for men: α = 0.66). Fifty-two percent of women and 30% of men were at risk for maladjustment. Women and men at risk and not at risk for maladjustment reported similar intentions to comply with treatment (P > 0.05). Cognitive risk factors moderated negative associations found between distress and compliance intentions. Higher anxiety was associated with lower compliance intentions for patients with lower helplessness cognitions (β = -0.45, P = 0.01) and men with higher acceptance cognitions (β = -0.60; P = 0.03), but not for patients with higher helplessness cognitions (β = 0.25, P = 0.13) and men with lower acceptance cognitions (β = 0.38; P = 0.21). Higher depression was associated with lower compliance intentions for patients with higher helplessness cognitions (β = -0.33, P = 0.02), but not for patients with lower helplessness cognitions (β = 0.19, P = 0.30). LIMITATIONS, REASONS FOR CAUTION: Few men participated and thus only medium-to-large effect sizes could be detected for them. Forty-eight percent of participants were recruited online and this could have resulted in higher rates of patients at risk. WIDER IMPLICATIONS OF THE FINDINGS: The SCREENIVF is not useful to identify patients at risk for non-compliance. However, the clinic staff should be aware that patients who score high on helplessness cognitions and low on acceptance may need additional decisional aid to make autonomous and satisfying decisions about uptake of treatment. The Portuguese version of the SCREENIVF is valid and reliable and can be used with women undergoing any type of fertility treatment. STUDY FUNDING/ COMPETING INTEREST(S): S.G. received a postdoctoral fellowship from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT-SFRH/BPD/63063/2009). There are no conflicts of interest to declare. SN - 1460-2350 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/24287818/Are_patients_at_risk_for_psychological_maladjustment_during_fertility_treatment_less_willing_to_comply_with_treatment_Results_from_the_Portuguese_validation_of_the_SCREENIVF_ L2 - https://academic.oup.com/humrep/article-lookup/doi/10.1093/humrep/det418 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -