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Title: When IVF treatment fails
Author: Boden, Jane.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3468 797X
Awarding Body: University of Hull
Current Institution: University of Hull
Date of Award: 2005
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Little is known of how patients cope when treatment fails and they are faced with the prospect of life without their 'own' child. Initial observations suggest that for some, the effects can be traumatic and long lasting. Thirty-five {narrative' interviews were carried out with patients and partners for whom treatment had failed five years previously. Transcripts were subject to formal thematic analysis. A significant factor, which emerged from a formal analysis of transcripts, was the role of 'hope'. Treatment offers the hope that they may have a child and this provides the motivation for treatment; alongside the urgent need to pre-empt future regrets. The failure of treatment does little to dent this hope as long as there is 'another chance', but not so when treatment is discontinued. Once the support provided by hope is removed, patients can struggle to make sense of their lives and patients may seek and need (but not receive) psychological support. A significant and unexpected finding was anger and the widespread feeling amongst patients that they had been abandoned at this time. It would appear that some form of closure regarding the ending of treatment is required. Research found some couples are able to reinvest in life goals and re-establish their relationships; however, there were a significant proportion of couples who were still struggling five years after their last attempt, to adapt to life without the child they had anticipated. Many couples move onto alternative options, i.e., adoption, however, not all couples recover from the trauma of the inability to parent at will and some relationships break down. There is an irrefutable lack of psychological support offered to couples going through assisted conception, and findings suggest indisputably that more support should be offered on a regular basis to couples going through this process and beyond
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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