Bridging the Information Gap in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: A Narrative Review with Systematic Approach.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a complex endocrinopathy with wide-ranging implications for affected individuals. Literature has shown that patients with PCOS are dissatisfied with the health information provided to them and that healthcare professionals lack adequate knowledge. In this narrative review with systematic approach, we explored the unmet information needs in PCOS care for both patients and healthcare professionals. A comprehensive search of databases yielded 41 relevant studies, predominantly of observational and qualitative design. Adults and adolescents with PCOS desire wide ranging health information and express a keen desire for weight management guidance. Importantly, discussions surrounding weight should be addressed knowledgeably and without weight bias. Therefore, healthcare professionals should facilitate access to comprehensive evidence-based resources. Lack of information drives PCOS-related online searches. Referral to support groups that promote individual agency in the self-management aspects of PCOS can furthermore guide patient resource acquisition. Patients prefer guidance from professionals that understand the psychosocial complexity of PCOS and can empathize with experiences of stigmatization or even marginalization depending on the cultural context of the individual. The findings informed the 2023 International Evidence-Based PCOS Guideline, recommending patient-centered communication, evidence-based information resources, and culturally sensitive approaches to optimize PCOS care.
Seminars in reproductive medicine
Adult; Female; Adolescent; Humans; Polycystic Ovary Syndrome; Health Personnel; Communication
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome; Health Personnel; Communication
Tay CT, Williams F, Mousa A, Teede H, Burgert TS. Bridging the Information Gap in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: A Narrative Review with Systematic Approach. Semin Reprod Med. 2023;41(1-02):12-19. doi:10.1055/s-0043-1777086