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Published in Fertility and Sterility 85:4 (April 2006), pp. 853–857; doi 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2005.11.039. Copyright © 2006 American Society for Reproductive Medicine; published by Elsevier. Used by permission.


Objective: To present an integrated model of help-seeking, review empirical work in its support, and show its application to the explanation of racial and ethnic disparities in infertility help-seeking.
Conclusions: A help-seeking model provides a plausible explanation of observed disparities in infertility help-seeking. In addition to being related to income, race and ethnicity is related to prior experience with doctors, marital status, parity, knowledge and attitudes toward reproductive technology, and attitudes supporting spiritual rather than technological solutions to health problems.

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