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Health-related quality of life in endometriosis: The influence of endometriosis-related symptom presence and distress
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-21, 15:06 authored by Leesa Van NiekerkLeesa Van Niekerk, Johnstone, L, Mandy MatthewsonMandy Matthewson
This international cross-sectional study examined the relationships between endometriosis-related symptom experience and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in 318 women with endometriosis. Measures of symptom burden and distress, pain, psychological wellbeing, and HRQoL were collected via an online survey. Age, symptom duration, burden, and distress were associated with lower psychological wellbeing and HRQoL, with small to medium effect sizes. Somatic concern, depression, pain, dysmenorrhea, clitoral pain, dyspareunia, and bloating were found to be significant correlates of HRQoL. The findings highlight the importance of considering a broader range of endometriosis-related symptoms than pain alone and the ongoing need to reduce diagnostic delay in endometriosis.
Publication titleJournal of health psychology
Department/SchoolSchool of Psychological Sciences
Place of publicationLondon
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