What is the quality of information on social oocyte cryopreservation provided by websites of Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology member fertility clinics
Oocyte cryopreservation was recently approved by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM); however, most Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) member fertility clinics do not follow the SART/ASRM guidelines for web advertising of the procedure.
Sarit Avraham, M.D., Ronit Machtinger, M.D., Tal Cahan, M.D., Amit Sokolov, B.Sc., Catherine Racowsky, Ph.D., Daniel S. Seidman, M.D., M.M.Sc.
Volume 101, Issue 1, Pages 222-226, January 2014
To evaluate adequacy and adherence to American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) guidelines of internet information provided by Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART)-affiliated clinics regarding social oocyte cryopreservation (SOC).
Systematic evaluation of websites of all SART member fertility clinics.
All websites offering SOC services were scored using a 0–13 scale, based on 10 questions designed to assess website quality and adherence to the ASRM/SART guidelines. The websites were analyzed independently by two authors. Whenever disagreement occurred, a third investigator determined the score.
Main Outcome Measure(s):
Scores defined website quality as excellent, ≥9; moderate, 5–8; or poor, ≤4 points.
Of the 387 clinics registered as SART members, 200 offered oocyte cryopreservation services for either medical or social reasons; 147 of these advertised SOC. The average website scores of those clinics offering SOC was 3.4 ± 2.1 (range, 2–11) points. There was no significant difference in scores between private versus academic clinics or clinics performing more or less than 500 cycles per year.
The majority of the websites do not follow the SART/ASRM guidelines for SOC, indicating that there is a need to improve the type and quality of information provided on SOC by SART member websites.