Global Health & Medicine 2022;4(5):273-277.

A physician-nurse partnership via online healthcare platforms protects infertile women from anxiety and depression: A multicenter prospective study from Shanghai, China

Ye LC, Chen J, Qi Q, Zhou J, Zhu CY, Jiang Y, Wang L


Effective health interventions are a priority for future infertility research, and effective interventions in patient-centered care are still needed. A multi-center prospective study was conducted in order to investigate the effects of a physician-nurse partnership (patients receive guidance and health education via online healthcare platforms) on depression and anxiety disorders in infertile women. The women were randomly assigned to a physician-nurse partnership group (n = 90) or a routine treatment group (n = 90). The primary endpoints were self-rating anxiety scale and self-rating depression scale scores. This study also examined the waiting time as an outpatient and the frequency of using online medical platforms. Compared to the routine treatment group, scores on the self-rating anxiety scale (48.4) and the self-rating depression scale (48.0) were significantly lower in the physician-nurse partnership group (p = 0.004, p = 0.001). Moreover, the mean waiting time (3.4) was shorter and online platforms (6.1) were used more frequently in the physician-nurse partnership group than in the routine treatment group (p < 0.001, p < 0.001). These data suggest that a physician-nurse partnership could reduce patients' anxiety, depression, and their waiting time as an outpatient.

KEYWORDS: physician-nurse partnership, infertility, depression, anxiety, waiting time

DOI: 10.35772/ghm.2022.01049

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