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Ethical evaluation of the website-based promotion and advertisements for in vitro fertilisation services in Turkey
  1. M Karatas1,
  2. M Sehiraltı2,
  3. S Gorkey3,
  4. T Guven3
  1. 1Department of History of Medicine and Ethics, Faculty of Medicine, Inonu University, Malatya, Turkey
  2. 2Department of History of Medicine and Ethics, Faculty of Medicine, Kocaeli University, Kocaeli, Turkey
  3. 3Department of History of Medicine and Ethics, Faculty of Medicine, Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey
  1. Correspondence to M Karatas, Assistant Professor, Department of History of Medicine and Ethics, Faculty of Medicine, Inonu University, Malatya, Turkey; drkaratas{at}hotmail.com

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Background

The first regulation in Turkey regarding in vitro fertilisation (IVF) procedures was legislated in 1987, and these services have been offered for married couples since 1988.1 Over time, the increasing number of centres providing such services has fuelled competition, and these centres have started to use websites in order to promote their services to the public in a more effective way. However, it should be noted that IVF procedures may have social, economical and psychological implications. Therefore, website-based promotion and advertising containing incorrect or misleading information on IVF services can lead to harmful consequences.2–5 There are no …

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