Factors influencing outcome in consultations for chronic pelvic pain

S A Selfe, Z Matthews, R W Stones

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We aimed to document the demographic and clinical characteristics of women referred by primary care physicians for investigation of chronic pelvic pain to a university hospital gynecology outpatient clinic and to test the hypothesis that specific patient features and the quality of doctor/patient communication at the initial consultation would influence pain outcomes. A clinical questionnaire, visual analog scales for pain, and instruments for hostility and the experience of the consultation were administered at the initial clinic attendance to 105 consecutive women. Follow-up pain scores were obtained 6 months later from 98 women. The mean hostility score was highly significantly elevated compared with normative data (p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1041-8
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of women's health / the official publication of the Society for the Advancement of Women's Health Research
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1998


  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Chronic Disease
  • Communication
  • Female
  • Gynecology
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
  • Pain Measurement
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Personality
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Primary Health Care
  • Quality of Life
  • Referral and Consultation


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