Morphology training is compulsory to ensure relevant clinical results

Franken D.R. ; Avari K. ; Palshetkar N. (2008)


The study aimed to evaluate the quality of sperm morphology reading skills of andrology technologists in a developing country who are responsible for the analysis of semen in their institutions or clinics. The 1-day workshop was held as a post-congress training course during the second World Congress on Practical Infertility Management and Human Reproduction, Mumbai, India. The workshop format consisted of four sections namely (i) pre-training test, (ii) lectures on morphometric characteristics and details of normal and abnormal spermatozoa (iii) a consensus training session and (iv) a hands-on post-training test. The results revealed that the workshop participants had very little or no knowledge of sperm morphology, because the pre-training % relative difference between the reference value and the participants was 188%. Following training, however, the % difference decreased to 37% and minus 22% post-training tests. These somewhat alarming results highlight the need for training opportunities and facilities for andrology technologists. © 2008 The Authors.

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