Communication in assisted reproductive technology (art)

Author/s Daniela Leone, Marina Lorefice, Elena Vegni
Publishing Year 2015 Issue 2015/3 Language Italian
Pages 13 P. 545-557 File size 172 KB
DOI 10.3280/RIP2015-003007
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It is becoming increasingly frequent for infertile couples to resort to medically assisted reproduction technology. Couples turning to infertility centers are often under emotional and psychological strain as a result of a long and painful clinical journey that seldom gives the results they hoped for. As for other areas in medicine, in medically assisted reproduction technology settings a need for a patient centered clinical approach has become increasingly important for it considers, as opposed to a disease centered approach, the patients’ illness perception, their values and their treatment’s preferences. The case study described in this article looks at the different levels of complexity of the doctor-patient relationship during the assisted reproductive technology check-ups. The case study shows on one hand the relational complexity of having to deal with patients/couples and their specific illness perceptions; on the other hand it shows the communicative complexity of having to manage multiple communicative flows during the check-ups.

Keywords: Assisted reproductive technology, communicative complexity, infertility, patient centered medicine, triadic medical consultation.

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Daniela Leone, Marina Lorefice, Elena Vegni, La comunicazione nella procreazione medicalmente assistita (pma) in "RICERCHE DI PSICOLOGIA " 3/2015, pp 545-557, DOI: 10.3280/RIP2015-003007