IVF clin­ics ‘mis­lead’ pa­tients with suc­cess rates

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IVF clin­ics rou­tinely mis­lead pa­tients by “cherry-pick­ing” their best re­sults, re­search sug­gests.

Jack Wilkin­son, a med­i­cal statis­ti­cian at Manch­ester Univer­sity, said suc­cess rates should be banned from web­sites un­less an agreed sys­tem for re­port­ing is brought in.

He said: “Our study shows suc­cess rates are ad­ver­tised on 67 per cent of IVF clinic web­sites, and manyof these may be highly mis­lead­ing, be­cause clin­ics can cher­ryp­ick their re­sults from a dizzy­ing ar­ray of op­tions.”

The team found 33 dif­fer­ent ways of re­port­ing preg­nancy rates and nine dif­fer­ent ways of re­port­ing birth rates.

The Hu­man Fer­til­i­sa­tion and Em­bry­ol­ogy Author­ity said pa­tients felt re­search­ing fer­til­ity clin­ics was “over­whelm­ing” par­tic­u­larly over un­der­stand­ing statis­tics.

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