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“A challenge” – healthcare professionals' experiences when meeting women with symptoms that might indicate endometriosis
Region Östergötland, Center of Paediatrics and Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics in Norrköping. Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Region Östergötland, Center of Paediatrics and Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics in Linköping. Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Clinical Sciences. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1588-135X
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
2016 (English)In: Sexual & Reproductive HealthCare, ISSN 1877-5756, E-ISSN 1877-5764, Vol. 7, 65-69 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective

The aim of the study was to identify and describe the experiences of healthcare professionals when meeting women with symptoms that might indicate endometriosis.

Methods

Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 10 gynecologists, six general practitioners and nine midwives working at one university hospital, one central hospital, one private gynecology clinic and five healthcare centers in south-east Sweden. The interviews were recorded and transcribed verbatim and analyzed using qualitative conventional content analysis.

Results

Three clusters were identified: the corroborating encounter, the normal variation of menstruation cycles, and the suspicion of endometriosis. The healthcare professionals tried to make a corroborating encounter by acknowledging the woman, taking time to listen, and giving an explanation for the problems. Healthcare professionals had different ways to determine what was normal as regards menstrual pain, ovulation pain and dyspareunia. They also needed to have the competence to act and react when the symptoms indicated endometriosis.

Conclusions

Meeting women with symptoms that might indicate endometriosis is challenging and demands a certain level of competence from healthcare professionals. Sometimes the symptoms are camouflaged as “normal” menstruation pain, making it hard to satisfy the needs of this patient group.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 7, 65-69 p.
Keyword [en]
Chronic pelvic pain;Dysmenorrhea;Endometriosis;Healthcare professional;Qualitative study
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-124016DOI: 10.1016/j.srhc.2015.11.003ISI: 000370089000012OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-124016DiVA: diva2:895100
Available from: 2016-01-18 Created: 2016-01-18 Last updated: 2016-03-09

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Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics in NorrköpingDepartment of Medical and Health SciencesFaculty of Medicine and Health SciencesDepartment of Gynaecology and Obstetrics in LinköpingDivision of Clinical SciencesDivision of Nursing Science
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