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PLoS One. 2018 Nov 29;13(11):e0208023. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0208023. eCollection 2018.

Satisfaction with medical support in women with endometriosis.

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1
Department of Reproductive Endocrinology, University Hospital Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.
2
Division of Gynecological Endocrinology and Reproductive Medicines, University Women's Hospital, Berne, Switzerland.
3
Department of Psychosomatics, Charité Berlin, Berlin, Germany.
4
Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, University Hospital Graz, Graz, Austria.
5
Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Canton Hospital St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland.
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Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Triemli Hospital Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.
7
Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Canton Hospital Schaffhausen, Schaffhausen, Switzerland.
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Department of Gynecology, University Hospital Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.

Abstract

Endometriosis affects various aspects of women's lives. We searched for predictors for patient satisfaction with medical support (PSwMS) in women with endometriosis. The study was designed as a multi-centre retrospective cohort study. We approached women with histologically confirmed endometriosis from 2010 until 2016, comparing women satisfied to women dissatisfied with medical support. We analysed data on characteristics of endometriosis, PSwMS and the influence of disease characteristics on PSwMS. Information on satisfaction with medical support was collected through a standardized questionnaire. After exclusion of 73 women because of inchoately filled in questionnaires, data from 498 women was evaluated. Altogether, it was observed that 54.6% (n = 272) of the study participants were satisfied with medical support and 45.4% (n = 226) were not. Feeling adequately informed by the time of diagnosis (p < 0.001), taking women's mental troubles seriously (p < 0.001) and supporting women in handling their pain (p < 0.001) were significantly associated with satisfaction. We found adequate information to be the most distinctive indicator for PSwMS. Further, acknowledging psychological distress and supporting women in handling their symptoms rather than to alleviate them, positively affect PSwMS. To achieve PSwMS, healthcare providers have to give adequate information on endometriosis and its management.

PMID:
30496315
PMCID:
PMC6264517
DOI:
10.1371/journal.pone.0208023
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