Psychosocial and economic impact of chronic pelvic pain

R W Stones, S A Selfe, S Fransman, S A Horn

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According to a population-based estimate, chronic pelvic pain (CPP) affects approximately 15% of women aged 18-50. The psychosocial impact of CPP is reflected in mood disturbance, disruption of normal activity and relationships as well as pain. Identification of psychosocial factors as cause or effect remains problematic. Results of a study of 105 women with CPP using the British version of the SF-36 Health Survey Questionnaire are presented, together with analyses of face validity and reliability. While generally reflecting health status, specific problems with the questionnaire are identified related to the episodic nature of pelvic pain, and avoidance as a means of preventing pain exacerbations. Health economic analyses relating to CPP are reviewed and the implications for future directions in treatment strategy are discussed in the context of limited options of proven efficacy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)415-31
Number of pages17
JournalBaillière's best practice & research. Clinical obstetrics & gynaecology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2000


  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Child Abuse, Sexual
  • Child, Preschool
  • Chronic Disease
  • Female
  • Great Britain
  • Health Care Costs
  • Health Status Indicators
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Mood Disorders
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Psychophysiologic Disorders
  • Quality of Life
  • Questionnaires


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