Center for Assisted Reproduction

Monitoring Success Rates: Giving Hope to Families

By CARE Fertility on April 04, 2019

Many couples may have undergone various treatments, numerous tests, some steps forward then backwards, and probably countless tears.

When patients come to us, they are looking for new options that will give hope for the future of their families. They also want reassurance of a track record of success.

Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology Monitors Success Rates

For this reason, we are members of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART). In fact, CARE Fertility co-founder, Kevin Doody, M.D., was president of SART in 2017. Dr. Kevin is currently leading the ASRM (American Society for Reproductive Medicine) / SART international registry initiative.

SART developed a medical registry in 1985 to monitor the safety and efficacy of what at the time was a relatively new procedure and health service, In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).

  • Medical registries are frequently used to generate quality measures with the objective of improving medical care
  • Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) registries use aggregate registry outcomes for internal benchmarking purposes by individual programs
  • This data can also be used for external Quality Assurance purposes to identify programs that are outliers (low success rates or high multiple gestation rates)
  • Collection of detailed, cycle-specific information allows benchmarking and easy identification of specific areas for improvement
  • Ongoing, daily collection and reporting of key performance indicators – such as fertilization rates, embryo development rates, etc. – can be used to produce control charts to promptly identify and address issues that could ultimately result in low birth rates or high risk of multiple gestation

The SART registry was used for an additional purpose following the 1992 passage of a law requiring the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to annually publish clinic-specific success rates in U.S.-based ART programs. The publication of these success rates was aimed at protecting patients by requiring clinics to be transparent regarding their success and failure rates. 

Dr. Kevin presented the history of the SART registry at the Chinese Society for Reproductive Medicine (CSRM) on March 29th in Shanghai, China. Dr. Kevin underscored the fact that SART has the oldest national medical registry in the U.S. Although primarily focused on the safety and efficacy of assisted reproductive technology, the research is also vital in establishing practice guidelines for the benefit of providers and their patients. Public reporting of the SART registry data has become an important function.

With information from SART, CARE Fertility patients can be assured of the highest quality standards and advanced technologies.  In addition, couples who have been struggling with infertility will experience a caring environment and dedicated team of doctors and healthcare providers.

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