What is the chance of a treatment-independent live birth after successful or unsuccessful completion of IVF or ICSI treatment?

Presented by Joseph Stanford, MD, MSPH, CFCMC

This new population-based, retrospective cohort study out of Aberdeen, Scotland explored the chance of a treatment-independent live birth following IVF (including ICSI) treatment. Download the article  here.

Journal Club sessions provide a critical appraisal of published research relevant to the field of Restorative Reproductive Medicine. These sessions are designed to increase providers’ competence to critically evaluate research by increasing their knowledge of the scientific method, research design, and common biases. Improvements in knowledge and competence will translate into improvements in clinician performance as they use their understanding of research to provide better care and communication to their patients and apply the results from research to clinical practise.  You can download a note-taking sheet with some question prompts to consider when evaluating research methods here.

Joseph Stanford, MD, MSPH, CFCMC

Joseph B. Stanford, MD, MSPH, CFCMC is Director of the Office of Cooperative Reproductive Health and Professor in the Department of Family Preventive Medicine, at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.  Dr. Stanford earned his MD at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine in Minneapolis. He completed his residency in family medicine at the University of Missouri in Columbia. He also earned an MSPH and completed an academic fellowship at the University of Missouri.

Dr. Stanford has authored or coauthored numerous articles concerning pregnancy, prenatal care, natural family planning, fertility, and related topics.

His research has been funded by the NICHD, the CDC, and several private foundations. He is actively involved in many professional associations, including the Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research, the American Academy of Fertility Care Professionals, and the International Institute for Restorative Reproductive Medicine.  He has served on national scientific advisory committees for the NICHD and the FDA in the USA. Dr. Stanford is the recipient of the Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar Award presented by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the annual research paper award given by the American Academy of Fertility Care Professionals.
NICHD = Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (USA)
CDC= Centers for Disease Control (USA)
FDA= Food and Drug Administration (USA)
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Referenced Article (discussed in this webinar): Elmokhallalati, Yousuf et al. “Treatment-independent live birth after in-vitro fertilisation: a retrospective cohort study of 2,133 women.” Human reproduction (2019): n. pag.