The role of the social worker in the in-vitro fertilization program

Soc Work Health Care. 1984 Winter;10(2):71-9. doi: 10.1300/j010v10n02_06.


The role of the clinical social worker in the In-Vitro fertilization Program is to help provide patients with an environment that includes realistic expectation and emphasizes the emotional spectrum of euphoria, anxiety and dysphoria that can accompany the demanding protocol. The literature supports the need for counseling and supportive psychotherapy in the infertility clinic but has not dealt specifically with the psychological demands of In-Vitro fertilization. This paper addresses the emotional stress of in-vitro fertilization and emphasizes the role of social worker as counselor, educator and guide.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Counseling / methods
  • Embryo Transfer
  • Female
  • Fertilization in Vitro*
  • Humans
  • Infertility / therapy*
  • Male
  • Social Work / methods*
  • Stress, Psychological / complications