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Psychological interventions for endometriosis-related symptoms: A systematic review with narrative data synthesis

Van Niekerk, LM, Weaver-Pirie, B and Matthewson, M ORCID: 0000-0002-1122-3977 2019 , 'Psychological interventions for endometriosis-related symptoms: A systematic review with narrative data synthesis' , Archives of Women's Mental Health , doi:

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Endometriosis impacts the physical, psychological and quality of life domains of women. Despite the medical and/or surgical management of endometriosis, the presence of persistent pelvic pain and psychological distress often continues, suggesting a role for psychological interventions in treatment planning. The present study aimed to conduct the first systematic review, with narrative data synthesis, on psychological interventions for endometriosis-related symptoms. The study also aimed to determine the effectiveness of current interventions in resolving psychological and pain-related loss of function associated with endometriosis and to identify gaps in the literature requiring further research. A total of 15,816 studies were retrieved through database searching and handsearching, with two researchers identifying 11 full-text studies that met inclusion criteria. Three studies of ‘moderate’ quality were identified, although the overall quality of studies was found to be ‘weak’, with a ‘high’ risk of bias. The findings regarding the effectiveness of psychological interventions for endometriosis-related symptoms remain inconclusive. Further research into psychological interventions for women with endometriosis that employ evidence-based protocols with high intervention integrity is recommended.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Van Niekerk, LM and Weaver-Pirie, B and Matthewson, M
Keywords: endometriosis, psychological treatment, persistent pelvic pain, quality of life
Journal or Publication Title: Archives of Women's Mental Health
Publisher: Springer Wien
ISSN: 1434-1816
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