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Medicine in the marketplace: clinician and patient views on commercial influences on assisted reproductive technology

Gallagher, Siun, Attinger, Sara, Sassano, Angie, Sutton, Elizabeth, Kerridge, Ian, Newson, Ainsley, Farsides, Bobbie, Hammarberg, Karin, Hart, Roger, Jackson, Emily, Ledger, William, Mayes, Christopher, Mills, Catherine, Norcross, Sarah, Norman, Robert J, Rombauts, Luk, Waldby, Catherine, Yazdani, Anusch and Lipworth, Wendy (2024) Medicine in the marketplace: clinician and patient views on commercial influences on assisted reproductive technology. Reproductive Biomedicine Online, 48 (6). ISSN 1472-6483

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.rbmo.2024.103850

Abstract

Research question: What are the views and experiences of patient and expert stakeholders on the positive and negative impacts of commercial influences on the provision of assisted reproductive technology (ART) services, and what are their suggestions for governance reforms? Design: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 31 ART industry experts from across Australia and New Zealand and 25 patients undergoing ART from metropolitan and regional Australia, between September 2020 and September 2021. Data were analysed using thematic analysis. Results: Expert and patient participants considered that commercial forces influence the provision of ART in a number of positive ways – increasing sustainability, ensuring consistency in standards and providing patients with greater choice. Participants also considered commercial forces to have a number of negative impacts, including increased costs to government and patients; the excessive use of interventions that lack sufficient evidence to be considered part of standard care; inadequately informed consent (particularly with regard to financial information); and threats to patient–provider relationships and patient-centred care. Participants varied in whether they believed that professional self-regulation is sufficient. While recognizing the benefits of commercial investment in healthcare, many considered that regulatory reforms, as well as organizational cultural initiatives, are needed as means to ensure the primacy of patient well-being. Conclusions: The views expressed in this study should be systematically and critically examined to derive insights into how best to govern ART. These insights may also inform the design and delivery of other types of healthcare that are provided in the private sector.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.rbmojournal.com/
Additional Information: © 2024 Elsevier
Divisions: Law
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
K Law
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2024 10:39
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2024 16:24
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/121609

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