The FAST study: Fertility ASsessment and advice Targeting lifestyle choices and behaviours: a pilot study
Human Reproduction, 05/31/2012
Homan G et al. – The results suggest that the FAST (Fertility ASsessment and advice Targeting lifestyle choices and behaviours) approach of an individualized assessment of current lifestyle practice followed by ongoing one to two weekly telephone support is effective in promoting healthy lifestyle change. Larger studies using this methodology are now required.Methods
- Authors conducted a prospective cohort pilot study of 23 infertile couples attending an Adelaide–based fertility clinic for advice and treatment relating to infertility.
- The intervention was a comprehensive assessment interview with the couple, focused on health and lifestyle.
- Motivational interviewing techniques were used and ongoing support provided.
- The assessment was repeated after 4 months and included an exit questionnaire.
- The main outcome measure(s) was self–reported lifestyle changes, including increased exercise, modified diet, reduced caffeine and alcohol consumption, ceased or reduced smoking and decreased psychological stress.
- Following the initial lifestyle assessment interview, all participants reported adverse lifestyle behaviour.