When treatment appears futile The role of the mental health professional and end of treatment counseling

Capsule:
The end of fertility treatment can be an emotionally difficult time. Mental health professionals can provide counseling to support patients’ adjustment.

Authors:
Susan C. Klock, Ph.D.

Volume 104, Issue 2, Pages 267-270

Abstract:

The end of treatment, whether initiated by the medical team or by the patient, represents a difficult transition for the patient. The mental health professional, as part of a multidisciplinary team, can offer important assistance and support to the patient as they move through the end of their infertility treatment. A description of the topics covered in exit counseling is provided, as well as indications for referral.

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