What should infertility research focus on next?
Our partnership is bringing together people with infertility and healthcare professionals to help set future priorities for infertility research.
Please complete the survey
The ideas and opinions of both people with experience of infertility and professionals are often forgotten, even though these groups have a clear shared interest in research. - Dr James M N Duffy, University of Oxford
Infertility is a heart-wrenching reality for one in seven couples. Reproductive medicine tries to help infertile couples, unfortunately, despite the escalation in research activity and an exponential rise in published papers, many of the fundamental questions about the treatment of infertility remain. This is a barrier to improving the care people with infertility receive.
We would like to overcome this barrier by bringing together people with infertility and healthcare professionals in a James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnership. Our partnership aims to ensure that those who fund and undertake research answer questions which really matter to both people with infertility and healthcare professionals.
Our priority setting partnership will identify and prioritise research uncertainties, or 'unanswered questions', about the efficacy and safety of treatments. - Prof Cindy Farqhuar, University of Auckland
If you have experienced infertility either as a patient or family member or have expertise in treating infertility as a healthcare professional, you are welcome to join our partnership.
With your help, we aim to identify and prioritise research uncertainties, “unanswered questions”, about infertility from both patient and healthcare professional perspectives using robust methods.
We want to know what research uncertainties you think are important in a two round online survey. Each survey will take no more than fifteen minutes to complete. It is very important you complete both surveys; this will help to ensure the end result is correct.
Our approach should ensure future infertility research has the necessary reach and relevance to inform future clinical practice and improve patient outcomes. - Dr James M N Duffy, University of Oxford
We anticipate a prioritised list of research uncertainties, developed to specifically highlight the most pressing clinical needs as perceived by patients and healthcare professionals working in the field, will help funding organisations and researchers to set their future research priorities.
We are drowning in research that is singularly lacking in impact. Our approach should ensure future research has the necessary reach and relevance to inform future clinical practice and improve patient outcomes.
About the Cochrane Gynaecology and Fertility Group
The Cochrane Gynaecology and Fertility Group has recently celebrated 20 years of preparing and publishing systematic reviews. With nearly a thousand authors and over 200 reviews, they are well aware of the need for making research more efficient, accessible and influential.
About the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences
The Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences delivers world-class research, engagement, and training that advances care, influences health policy, and develops professional skills for the delivery of better health care in the community.