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The current status and future of andrology: A consensus report from the Cairo workshop group

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  • Cairo Consensus Workshop Group
  • Niels Jørgensen
  • Christopher L R Barratt
  • David Mortimer
  • Medhat Amer
  • Elisabetta Baldi
  • Christopher De Jonge
  • Mohamed Fawzy
  • Csilla Krausz
  • Ali Mahran
  • Sarah Martins da Silva
  • Sharon Mortimer
  • Allan Pacey
  • Stephen Publicover
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BACKGROUND: In attempting to formulate potential WHO guidelines for the diagnosis of male infertility, the Evidence Synthesis Group noted a paucity of high-quality data on which to base key recommendations. As a result, a number of authors suggested that key areas of research/evidence gaps should be identified, so that appropriate funding and policy actions could be undertaken to help address key questions.

OBJECTIVES: The overall objective of this Consensus workshop was to clarify current knowledge and deficits in clinical laboratory andrology, so that clear paths for future development could be navigated.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: Following a detailed literature review, each author, prior to the face-to-face meeting, prepared a summary of their topic and submitted a PowerPoint presentation. The topics covered were (a) Diagnostic testing in male fertility and infertility, (b) Male fertility/infertility in the modern world, (c) Clinical management of male infertility, and (d) The overuse of ICSI. At the meeting in Cairo on February 18, 2019, the evidence was presented and discussed and a series of consensus points agreed.

RESULTS: The paper presents a background and summary of the evidence relating to these four topics and addresses key points of significance. Following discussion of the evidence, a total of 36 consensus points were agreed.

DISCUSSION: The Discussion section presents areas where there was further debate and key areas that were highlighted during the day.

CONCLUSION: The consensus points provide clear statements of evidence gaps and/or potential future research areas/topics. Appropriate funding streams addressing these can be prioritized and consequently, in the short and medium term, answers provided. By using this strategic approach, andrology can make the rapid progress necessary to address key scientific, clinical, and societal challenges that face our discipline now and in the near future.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAndrology
Volume8
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)27-52
Number of pages26
ISSN2047-2919
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Publication statusPublished - Jan 2020

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