Infertility clinics show variation in success

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 21 October 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1041

A wide variation in the success rates of infertility clinics in Britain has been shown by the first patient's guide to services, published by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) last week. Most centres cluster around the national average of a 14% live birth rate for each cycle of in vitro fertilisation treatment, which is an increase of 1.5% over the last recorded rate. But St James's Hospital in Leeds is the most successful, with a rate of 23%, while the BUPA Hospital in Norwich had no live births in 1993-4. St James's Hospital treated 374 patients during this time, compared with the BUPA Hospital's 22 patients.

“Larger centres have a longer duration of experience and have a higher volume operation,” said Allan Templeton, professor of …

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