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Title: Patient centred care in infertility health care: Direct and indirect associations with wellbeing during treatment
Authors: Gameiro, Sofia 
Canavarro, Maria Cristina 
Boivin, Jacky 
Keywords: Infertility; Patient centered care; Anxiety; Depression; FertiQoL; Quality of life
Issue Date: Dec-2013
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: GAMEIRO, Sofia; CANAVARRO, Maria Cristina; BOIVIN, Jacky - Patient centred care in infertility health care: Direct and indirect associations with wellbeing during treatment. "Patient Education and Counseling". ISSN 0738-3991. Vol. 93 Nº. 3 (2013) p. 646-654
Serial title, monograph or event: Patient Education and Counseling
Volume: 93
Issue: 3
Abstract: Objective To investigate whether different dimensions of patient centred care (PCC) were directly associated with wellbeing or indirectly, via lower concerns about medical procedures and/or increased tolerability of treatment. Methods Cross-sectional study with 322 women and 111 men undergoing fertility diagnosis or treatment recruited online and in clinical setting. Participants completed questionnaires that assess PCC (PCQ-Infertility), individual (BSI Anxiety and Depression subscales) and relational wellbeing (FertiQoL Relational Domain), treatment concerns (CART Procedural Concerns scale) and tolerability (FertiQoL Tolerability Domain) and they filled a socio-demographic and fertility data file. Results All dimensions of PCC were positively associated with better wellbeing except for organization of care. Information provision and continuity of care were indirectly associated with better individual wellbeing, the first via lower treatment concerns and the second via higher treatment tolerability. Competence, accessibility, continuity and communication were indirectly associated with better relational wellbeing via higher treatment tolerability. Conclusions Patient centred care promotes wellbeing during treatment. PCC is directly associated to wellbeing but also indirectly. The mode of action of the different PCC dimensions on wellbeing varies. Practical implications To promote patients’ wellbeing during treatment clinics should provide treatment related information and allow patients to establish a stable clinical relationship with a trustworthy and competent physician.
ISSN: 0738-3991
DOI: 10.1016/j.pec.2013.08.015
Rights: openAccess
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