To whom it may concern,
I am an Obstetrics and Gynaecology trainee carrying out a PhD on fertility preservation at Imperial College London. I have created an online survey to identify healthcare professional’s knowledge, attitude and current behaviours towards fertility preservation services within the UK. This study is highly relevant to a number of Paediatric trainees. In addition it has been peer reviewed and received ethical approval from the Imperial Research and Governance Team.
I am emailing to enquire if you could kindly disseminate the invitation to participate in this study on your London Paediatrics trainee website? The blurb provided below includes a description of the study and link to the participant information sheet, consent form and survey itself.
Please do not hesitate to contact me should you require any further information.
Clinical Research Fellow
BSc (Hons), MBChB, MRCOG
Invitation to participate in study
A cross sectional online survey of health care professional’s knowledge, attitude and current behaviours towards female fertility preservation services within the UK.
Fertility preservation (FP) is a relatively new field of medicine. Given how rapidly this branch of medicine has grown over the last decade, a number of healthcare professionals (HCPs) may feel unfamiliar with treatments currently available or may be facing a number of barriers to effectively practice FP. Evidence from outside the UK suggests this can be explained by lack of knowledge and awareness of the subspecialty, shortage of trained staff who can provide such services and counselling, a paucity of clear referral pathways for access to specialist services and deficiency of resources within units.
We would therefore be grateful if you could help us to understand the challenges HCPs face on a daily basis in the UK by completing a short survey assessing your experience of FP services and knowledge so far.
The results of the study can help us implement changes to practice and ensure that all women of reproductive age diagnosed with cancer in the UK, have access to FP services prior to embarking on cancer treatment and are adequately counselled. This will provide them with the autonomy to make informed decisions regarding their future reproductive potential, and thus improve their quality of life.
The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete and participation is anonymous.
Please find the participant information sheet, consent to participate and link to the survey itself below:
Thank you for your time!
Imperial research team.