Improvement of accuracy of clinical reports—the case of IVF cycle rank

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Abstract

Purpose

Accurate clinical reports of In Vitro Fertilization Cycle Rank (IVF-CR) are important because of their predictive value of treatment success—clinical pregnancy. Our district currently provides more than a hundred IVF pick-up cycles per month. The study objective was to evaluate and improve the accuracy of IVF units’ reports of IVF-CR.

Methods

Reports of IVF-CR from local IVF units were correlated with administrative data. Couples who were having IVF treatments during the 3-month study period were included in the study. Data were collected before and after an intervention program.

Results

During the study period accurate IVF-CR reporting rate improved from 27% (29 out of 108) to 83% (91 out of 110).

Conclusions

Accuracy of clinical reports of IVF-CR from local units significantly improved after the intervention. It is recommended that national regulatory bodies should issue compulsory guidelines for the recording and reporting of IVF-CR.

Keywords

Advanced reproductive techniques Cost containment Quality improvement In Vitro Fertilization Reliability of clinical reports 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Public HealthHaifa UniversityHaifaIsrael
  2. 2.District of Haifa and Western GalileeGeneral Health ServicesHaifaIsrael

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