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Dr. Langston on fertility outcomes in Hispanic men


"Questions that arise for us [include] why, and what's further contributing to our observed outcome?" says Devon M. Langston, MD.

In this video, Devon M. Langston, MD, discusses questions raised by the Urology study “Hispanic Ethnicity and Fertility Outcomes.” Langston is a urology resident at University of Utah Health in Salt Lake City.


What questions arise from this research?

Questions that arise for us [include] why, and what's further contributing to our observed outcome? Is it an increase in exposure to endocrine disruptor compounds, which have been shown in the literature to impact the couple's ability to conceive a child? Are these things higher concentrated in areas that have a lower socioeconomic status, which we observe has a higher degree of Hispanic patient population? So are they getting a greater amount of exposure? [That's] something that we could really clarify in our future work. What are the interventions? Do they have less access? And can we answer that question as urologists by developing a more robust urology work force that either has the capacity to communicate with these patients by speaking Spanish or, should they have concordance in terms of ethnicity with their patient population? I think the American Urological Association Census from 2021 [said] that 4.9% of urologists in the US identify as Hispanic.

This transcription was edited for clarity.

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