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Type: Journal article
Title: Research priorities for fertility and conception research as identified by multidisciplinary health care practitioners and researchers
Author: Moran, L.
Spencer, L.
Russell, D.
Hull, M.
Robertson, S.
Varcoe, T.
Davies, M.
Brown, H.
Rodgers, R.
Citation: Nutrients, 2016; 8(1):35-1-35-8
Publisher: MDPI AG
Issue Date: 2016
ISSN: 2072-6643
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Lisa J. Moran, Laura Spencer, Darryl L. Russell, Mary Louise Hull, Sarah A. Robertson, Tamara J. Varcoe, Michael J. Davies, Hannah M. Brown, Raymond J. Rodgers
Abstract: The Robinson Research Institute of the University of Adelaide convened a multidisciplinary group of n = 33 clinicians, researchers and representatives of government organisations on the 2 October 2014 for a workshop entitled "Promoting fertility and healthy conception. How do we generate greater reproductive health awareness?" The key aim of the workshop was to assess the body of knowledge that informs clinical practice and government policy, and to identify questions and additional information needed by health practitioners and government representatives working in the field of reproductive health and to frame future research and policy. The workshop identified topics that fell mostly into three categories: lifestyle-related, societal and biological factors. The lifestyle topics included nutrition and diet, exercise, obesity, shift work and other factors deemed to be modifiable at the level of the individual. The societal topics included discussions of matters that are structural, and resistant to change by individuals, including specific ethical issues, social disadvantage, government and educational policies. The biological factors are intrinsic physical states of the individual, and included many factors where there is a dense body of scientific knowledge which may not be readily accessible in less academic language. This workshop thus provided an opportunity to identify further actions that could be undertaken to meet the needs of diverse organisations and groups of professionals with an interest in human fertility. Since so many factors in our social and biological environment can impact fertility and preconception health, it is imperative to involve many disciplines or levels of government or societal organisations that have not traditionally been involved in this area.
Keywords: Preconception; fertility; awareness; nutrition
Rights: © 2016 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons by Attribution (CC-BY) license (
RMID: 0030041854
DOI: 10.3390/nu8010035
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