Endometriosis patients have higher perceived stress levels than healthy controls

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Objective. It is hypothesised that perceived stress levels are higher in women with Endometriosis when compared to healthy controls. This study will aim to prove its hypothesis and add weight to its conclusion with qualitative data.
Design. This cross-sectional study was carried out between September 2018 and May 2019. Quantitative data was collected by way of an online PSS-10 survey that included demographic questions.
Method. 462 patients with medically confirmed Endometriosis and 445 healthy participants that lived in several different countries took part in the study. All participants were 20+ years of age. The data was scored using Cohens scoring system, overall scores were input to SPSS. A non-parametric Mann-Whitney U test and ANOVA was used to ascertain any differences between the PSS-10 scores of the 2 groups. A significance level of P<0.05 was adopted. 4 women were invited to take part in a semi structured interview that was recorded, transcribed and coded using interpretive phenomenological analysis (IPA) using NVivo 12.
Results. A Mann-Whitney U test indicated that PSS 10 scores were statistically higher in women with endometriosis (m = 25.67 ± s 6.03) compared to women without the disease (m = 21.05 ± s 5.72) (Table 2). (U = 56054.00, p = <0.005 r = 0.155).
Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis was carried out on semi-structured interviews of 4 patients with Endometriosis between 22-34, the themes to emerge were
• Wasted time and struggle to get a diagnosis.
• A lack of education around the disease.
• The search for a good physician.
• Comorbidity with other disorders
• Chronic pain as a disability.
• Female pain.
• Relationships with themselves and others.
Conclusion. Endometriosis affects all aspects of a patient’s life, to adequately diagnose and treat the condition and improve HRQoL there needs to be better understanding of the clinical symptoms. Past studies have concluded that there is a need for a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of endometriosis that will encompass all biopsychosocial effects of the disease, as well as psychological screening to identify difficulties in emotion regulation (Márki et al., 2017). It has been shown in many studies that patients with endometriosis do significantly benefit from healthcare providers taking a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of their disease (Márki et al., 2017).
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jun 2021
EventRoyal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Virtual World Conference - Online , United Kingdom
Duration: 9 Jun 202112 Jun 2021


ConferenceRoyal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Virtual World Conference
Abbreviated titleRCOG 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

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