Asian Journal of Andrology

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2014  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 858--863

Awareness of and attitudes towards infertility and its treatment: a cross-sectional survey of men in a United States primary care population


Robert S Gerhard1, Chad WM Ritenour1, Michael Goodman2, Dipak Vashi3, Wayland Hsiao4 
1 Department of Urology, School of Medicine, Emory University, Atlanta, USA
2 Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, USA
3 Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, Emory University, Atlanta, USA
4 Department of Urology, School of Medicine, Emory University, Atlanta; Department of Urology, Kaiser Permanente, Oakland Medical Center, Oakland, USA

Correspondence Address:
Wayland Hsiao
Department of Urology, School of Medicine, Emory University, Atlanta; Department of Urology, Kaiser Permanente, Oakland Medical Center, Oakland
USA

Previous studies have described racial and socioeconomic disparities in the treatment of infertility. Patient factors such as attitudes and awareness may be contributing factors. Since primary care is often the setting that serves as an entry into other areas of medicine, we sought to evaluate men俟Q製 attitudes and awareness of male infertility in the primary care setting. To do this, we performed a cross-sectional survey of men俟Q製 attitudes toward men俟Q製 health issues in 210 men from two primary care clinic waiting rooms in Atlanta, Georgia. The survey was self-administered with closed-ended question items and was approximately 20 min in length. Of the 310 men approached, 210 agreed to participate and returned completed surveys. Overall, 52% of men said they were 非Q裯ery非Q or 非Q製omewhat非Q familiar with infertility and 25% were familiar with treatments for infertility. Some men had heard of surgery (21%) and medication (35%) as treatments for male infertility. Awareness and familiarity with the condition was greater in high socioeconomic status men (i.e. college graduates or those with income >$100 k per year) but did not differ by race on multivariate analysis. Attitudes toward infertility varied by race with non-Caucasian men being more likely to indicate that infertility is a serious condition, to be concerned about infertility, and to believe it decreases a man俟Q製 quality-of-life. Therefore, a lack of awareness, but not negative attitudes, may contribute to previously-described disparities in the treatment of infertility.


How to cite this article:
Gerhard RS, Ritenour CW, Goodman M, Vashi D, Hsiao W. Awareness of and attitudes towards infertility and its treatment: a cross-sectional survey of men in a United States primary care population.Asian J Androl 2014;16:858-863


How to cite this URL:
Gerhard RS, Ritenour CW, Goodman M, Vashi D, Hsiao W. Awareness of and attitudes towards infertility and its treatment: a cross-sectional survey of men in a United States primary care population. Asian J Androl [serial online] 2014 [cited 2021 Sep 28 ];16:858-863
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