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Male subfertility as a chronic illness: the role of adaptive challenges

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© 2017 The British Fertility Society. Male factor infertility (MFI) is extremely common, often with several associated chronic health conditions. Because a man’s fertility assessment may be their first contact with health services, the health care team has a responsibility to act as male health advocates to ensure comprehensive care. The diagnosis of subfertility allows a broader view of these men as patients with a chronic illness who have complex health needs. Because of the associated complexity of care following evaluation, there needs to be new approach in how men affected by MFI should be managed long term. In this commentary, we propose that the Adaptive Leadership Framework model for Chronic Illness is a suitable vehicle to use for management of the MFI patient’s journey towards optimized health.

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Author(s): Stevenson EL, McEleny KR

Publication type: Note

Publication status: Published

Journal: Human Fertility

Year: 2017

Volume: 20

Issue: 3

Pages: 148-154

Online publication date: 22/03/2017

Acceptance date: 16/09/2016

ISSN (print): 1464-7273

ISSN (electronic): 1742-8149

Publisher: Taylor and Francis Ltd


DOI: 10.1080/14647273.2017.1303198