Media influence on awareness and utilization of assisted reproduction technology in Hispanic populations.

14 12 2010

To the Editor:

We read with interest and appreciation the recent article by McCarthy-Keith et al. regarding the utilization and outcomes of assisted reproduction technology among minority women (1). First we would like to commend the authors for acknowledging that there are likely greater reproductive issues in minority groups. We agree that ART costs may be prohibitive for some which can create unequal utilization of these services. When costs are accounted for, the authors report that Hispanics are less inclined to seek out infertility treatments due to language/cultural barriers, lack of continuity with providers, difficulty scheduling visits and procedures, decreased availability and affordability of services (5). We would like to point out that a prominent factor in utilization rates among Hispanics involves a divide of information in our media and social networks. Read the rest of this entry »