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Coping Intervention After Embryo Transfer

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Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Bart CJM Fauser, UMC Utrecht Identifier:
First received: October 6, 2010
Last updated: April 8, 2013
Last verified: April 2013

Background of the study:

Undergoing an IVF or ICSI treatment is an emotional and physical burden for both the woman and her partner. Most stressful for the couple is waiting for the result of the treatment, the period after the embryotransfer until the pregnancy test or menstruation and an unsuccessful treatment. Symptoms of anxiety and depression have been identified in couples during the waitingperiod after an embryotransfer. For this waitingperiod a short selfhelp copingintervention has been developed based on the stress theory of Lazarus for women to use at home. Goal of the instrument is to stimulate the copingstyle positive reappraisal. Research has demonstrated that using this copingstyle can have a positive impact in health related circumstances.

Objective of the study:

To investigate if a short copingintervention reduces anxiety in patients undergoing an IVF or ICSI treatment in the UMCU during the waitingperiod after an embryotransfer.

Study design:

In this research a randomised controlled trial (RCT) will be used for three groups. The choice for three groups has been based on earlier research with a daily record keeping (DRK). The DRK is a daily measurement for emotions, copingstyle and physical complaints. Previous research with the DRK showed an increase of anxiety. More research must be done of the impact of the DRK. Group 1: Positive Reappraisal Coping Intervention (PRCI) & DRK & questionnaires Group 2: DRK & questionnaires Group 3: Standard care & questionnaires

Study population:

Patients undergoing an IVF or ICSI treatment in the UMCU.

Intervention (if applicable):

A selfhelp coping intervention

Primary study parameters/outcome of the study:


Secondary study parameters/outcome of the study (if applicable):

Risk of emotional problems copingstyle depression vital pregnancy quality of life

Nature and extent of the burden and risks associated with participation, benefit and group relatedness (if applicable):

Using the coping intervention may reduce anxiety for the patient. The use of this instrument is not a burden for patients. The burden for patients is to complete questionnaires before, during and six weeks after the embryotransfer. Partners are asked to fill in a questionnaire at three times.

Condition Intervention
Behavioral: Coping intervention, Daily Record Keeping, Questionnaires

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator)
Official Title: Study of the Effectiveness of a Coping Selfhelp Intervention for Women in the Waiting Period After an Embryo Transfer During an IVF/ISCI Treatment

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Further study details as provided by UMC Utrecht:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Anxiety [ Time Frame: T1 during the first week of the stimulation phase ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Anxiety [ Time Frame: T2 on the 10th day after embryotransfer ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Anxiety [ Time Frame: T3 six weeks after embryotransfer ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 377
Study Start Date: October 2010
Study Completion Date: February 2013
Primary Completion Date: February 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Coping intervention, Daily Record Keeping, Queationnaires
Coping intervention, Daily Record Keeping, Questionnaires
Behavioral: Coping intervention, Daily Record Keeping, Questionnaires
Active Comparator: Questionnaires
Behavioral: Coping intervention, Daily Record Keeping, Questionnaires
Active Comparator: DRK and Questionnaires
DRK and Questionnaires
Behavioral: Coping intervention, Daily Record Keeping, Questionnaires


Genders Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patient in IVF/ICSI treatment

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patient who do not speak the dutch language
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01701011

University Medical Center Utrecht
Utrecht, Netherlands, : PO Box 85500
Sponsors and Collaborators
Bart CJM Fauser
Principal Investigator: N.S. Macklon, MD, PhD University of Southampton
Principal Investigator: J Boivin, PhD Cardiff University
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Responsible Party: Bart CJM Fauser, prof, UMC Utrecht Identifier: NCT01701011     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: PRCI study
Study First Received: October 6, 2010
Last Updated: April 8, 2013
Health Authority: Netherlands: Medical Ethics Review Committee (METC)

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