Australian community attitudes to in-vitro fertilization

Med J Aust. 1983 Dec 10-24;2(12):650-3.


The results of two public opinion surveys, conducted in July, 1982, and in April, 1983, are compared. The comparison shows that knowledge about in-vitro fertilization and related issues is becoming more widespread in the community. The rate of approval to this procedure is also increasing, particularly in the subgroup of young, childless married couples, while the rate of disapproval remains unchanged. A community education programme to disseminate accurate and objective information about these issues is urgently needed.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Attitude*
  • Australia
  • Confidentiality
  • Data Collection
  • Female
  • Fertilization in Vitro*
  • Humans
  • Interview, Psychological
  • Male
  • Oocyte Donation
  • Ovum
  • Public Opinion*
  • Spermatozoa
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Tissue Donors