To investigate the efficacy of the current fertility preservation consultation process in patients' decision-making and socio-demographic and cognitive factors that may affect patients' decision-making, a prospective pilot survey was conducted at university-based IVF centres and included women aged 18-43 years seen for fertility preservation between April 2009 and December 2010. Patients' views on consultation and decision-making about fertility preservation were measured. Among 52 women who completed the survey, more than half (52%) requested their consultation. All patients answered that consultation was a helpful resource of information, and 73% made their decision about treatment after consultation. Decisional conflict was lower in patients who felt strongly that they were given opportunities to ask questions during the consultation (P=0.001) and higher those who reported that cost was strongly influential in the treatment decision (P<0.001) and who did not receive treatment (P<0.001). Although consultation appeared to play a critical role in patients' decision-making about fertility preservation, the referral rate for consultation by oncologists is still poor. Decision-making appears to be significantly impaired in patients grappling with financial concerns and when the opportunity to ask questions is not felt to be sufficient.
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