Measuring Success

Generally, fertility units consider success rates to be pregnancy rates and therefore show the pregnancies or live births that were born as a result of treatments carried out.

However, Flinders Fertility takes a broader view of success as the management of a fertility problem is a complex and often stressful journey - not without its risks - involving the unit as an integral part of your team.  As such, Flinders Fertility measures success on the basis of:

  1. Clinic competency:
    1. Cumulative clinical pregnancy rates.
  2. Service quality.  The goodwill that Flinders Fertility builds with its patients.  This includes:
    1. Waiting time to see a Fertility Specialist.
    2. Availability of culturally and linguistically sensitive services.
    3. Continuity of care with respect to seeing the same Fertility Specialist throughout the patient journey (including fertility procedures).
    4. Patients attending the clinic are made aware of and have access to a Fertility Counsellor.
    5. Patients undertaking informed consent prior to treatment.
    6. Patient satisfaction (measured using patient transfer).
    7. Specialist Fertility Nurses involved in the entire patient journey.
  3. Risks to the patient.  This includes:
    1. Multiple birth (twins and triplets) rates.  Multiple pregnancy is the single biggest risk of fertility treatment to both mother and baby. The birth of a single, healthy child is the safest, most desirable outcome of fertility treatment.
    2. Ovarian hyper-stimulation syndrome (OHSS) rates.  OHSS is a potentially dangerous over-reaction to fertility drugs used to stimulate egg production.

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