‘What are you going to do, confiscate their passports?’ Professional perspectives on cross-border reproductive travel

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dc.contributor.author Culley, Lorraine en
dc.contributor.author Hudson, Nicky en
dc.contributor.author Blyth, E. en
dc.contributor.author Norton, Wendy en
dc.contributor.author Pacey, A. en
dc.contributor.author Rapport, F. en
dc.date.accessioned 2013-01-24T09:32:10Z
dc.date.available 2013-01-24T09:32:10Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.citation Culley, L. et al. (2013) ‘What are you going to do, confiscate their passports?’ Professional perspectives on cross-border reproductive travel. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 31 (1), pp. 46-57 en
dc.identifier.issn 0264-6838
dc.identifier.issn 1469-672X
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2086/8091
dc.description.abstract Objective: This article reports findings from a UK-based study which explored the phenomenon of overseas travel for fertility treatment. The first phase of this project aimed to explore how infertility clinicians and others professionally involved in fertility treatment understand the nature and consequences of cross-border reproductive travel. Background: There are indications that, for a variety of reasons, people from the UK are increasingly travelling across national borders to access assisted reproductive technologies. While research with patients is growing, little is known about how ‘fertility tourism’ is perceived by health professionals and others with a close association with infertility patients. Methods: Using an interpretivist approach, this exploratory research included focussed discussions with 20 people professionally knowledgeable about patients who had either been abroad or were considering having treatment outside the UK. Semi-structured interviews were recorded, transcribed verbatim and subjected to a thematic analysis. Results: Three conceptual categories are developed from the data: ‘the autonomous patient’; ‘cross-border travel as risk’, and ‘professional responsibilities in harm minimisation’. Professionals construct nuanced, complex and sometimes contradictory narratives of the ‘fertility traveller’, as vulnerable and knowledgeable; as engaged in risky behaviour and in its active minimisation. Conclusions: There is little support for the suggestion that states should seek to prevent cross-border treatment. Rather, an argument is made for less direct strategies to safeguard patient interests. Further research is required to assess the impact of professional views and actions on patient choices and patient experiences of treatment, before, during and after travelling abroad. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Taylor and Francis en
dc.title ‘What are you going to do, confiscate their passports?’ Professional perspectives on cross-border reproductive travel en
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02646838.2012.762084
dc.researchgroup Reproduction Research Group en
dc.researchgroup Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre
dc.peerreviewed Yes en


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