Satisfaction with medical support in women with endometriosis.

Lukas, Ilona; Kohl Schwartz, Alexandra; Geraedts, Kirsten; Rauchfuss, Martina; Wölfler, Monika M; Häberlin, Felix; von Orelli, Stephanie; Eberhard, Markus; Imthurn, Bruno; Imesch, Patrick; Leeners, Brigitte (2018). Satisfaction with medical support in women with endometriosis. PLoS ONE, 13(11), e0208023. Public Library of Science 10.1371/journal.pone.0208023

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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.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Endocrinology (DFKE) > Clinic of Gynaecology

UniBE Contributor:

Kohl Schwartz, Alexandra

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1932-6203

Publisher:

Public Library of Science

Language:

English

Submitter:

Monika Zehr

Date Deposited:

05 Feb 2019 14:37

Last Modified:

11 Nov 2019 10:22

Publisher DOI:

10.1371/journal.pone.0208023

PubMed ID:

30496315

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.125923

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/125923

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