The study of psychological factors in couples receiving artificial insemination by donor: a discussion of methodological difficulties


Dr E K Carr Research Sister Department of Medicine City Hospital Hucknall Road Nottingham NG5 1PB


Artificial insemination by donor (AID) may be the only means by which many infertile couples are able to have a child However, the treatment is not invariably successful and it is postulated in the literature that psychological factors may be implicated when conception does not occur Further investigation is required to establish the nature of any relationship between psychological stress and conception after AID but designing an adequate study is confounded by many methodological difficulties These include issues relahng to ethics, recruitment, measurement and logistics In this paper, such aspects are examined and the importance of research in this field for nursing is highlighted