Knowledge of and attitudes towards infertility held by members of two county councils in Sweden
2000 (English)In: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, ISSN 0001-6349, Vol. 79, no 11, 1015-1020 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Background. To investigate Swedish county council members knowledge of the laws regulating infertility treatment, their understanding of the suggestions put forward in the report 'Priorities in Health Care' and their attitudes towards infertility. Methods. All members (n= 182) of the 1998 county councils of Linkoping and Jonkoping were asked to participate in the study. In total, 153 answered the questionnaire. Results. Different age groups did not show different levels of knowledge. Similarly, there was no significant difference between men and women concerning their knowledge of infertility laws. Furthermore, those committee members who were very positive towards infertility treatment did not have any better knowledge of such treatment than those who were less positive. The men and women who themselves had previously had or were dealing with infertility problems at the time of the survey (12 per cent) displayed the same level of knowledge as the other council members. They also expressed similar attitudes. The members showed very little familiarity with the priority groups suggested in the report from the Health Care Priority Committee. For example, only 18 per cent knew that this committee in priority group III placed infertility treatment and investigation. 31.3 per cent answered that infertility was placed in group V, a group that does not exist. The majority stated that they had a positive attitude towards the treatment of infertility. This is indicated, for example, by their rejection of the statement 'it's [infertility is] a luxury problem'. Conclusions. The relative lack of knowledge of Swedish law and of the report from the Health Care Priority Committee might lead to a lower level of commitment to dealing with the problems that infertile couples face than if the members were better informed. In other words, this lack of knowledge might influence the decisions of the county council members.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2000. Vol. 79, no 11, 1015-1020 p.
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-25992DOI: 10.1034/j.1600-0412.2000.0790111015.xLocal ID: 10444OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-25992DiVA: diva2:246540