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Health-related quality of life in Iranian women with polycystic ovary syndrome: A qualitative study

(2015) Health-related quality of life in Iranian women with polycystic ovary syndrome: A qualitative study. BMC Women's Health.


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Background: Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is associated with a range of challenging symptoms which impact patient's lives. Iranian women with PCOS are likely to face a number of unique difficulties given particular societal and cultural norms for women. Understanding health-related quality of life (HRQoL) from a patients'perspective is critical to developing the appropriate support interventions. The present study aimed to generate an in-depthunderstanding of HRQoL Iranian women with PCOS. Methods: Twenty Iranian women were interviewed and data was subjected to thematic analysis. Results: Women reported substantial effects of PCOS on their quality of life, Themes generated from the data related to sexual - physical problems (An unsexualised self: loss, change and pain; and Being pained and painful); exposure and nvasion: the rejecting and invading social world (Concealing and Avoiding and Public property: public scrutiny), diminished self and diminished life (Infertile as inferior and Exhausted mind andbody) respectively. Conclusion: PCOS is a physical - sexual, psychological and social syndrome; therefore, it is necessary to taking a more holistic approach to patient care beyond treating physical symptoms. © 2015 Taghavi et al.

Item Type: Article
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Keywords: adult; Article; clinical article; controlled study; cultural factor; female; holistic care; human; Iranian people; ovary polycystic disease; patient care; psychological aspect; qualitative research; quality of life; sexual dysfunction; social norm; suicidal ideation; thematic analysis; complication; female infertility; Iran; Polycystic Ovary Syndrome; psychology; questionnaire, Adult; Female; Humans; Infertility, Female; Iran; Polycystic Ovary Syndrome; Qualitative Research; Quality of Life; Surveys and Questionnaires
Subjects: WP Gynecology and Obstetrics > WP 400-480 Uterus. Cervix
Divisions: Research Vice-Chancellor Department > Mother and Child Welfare Research Center
Depositing User: هدی فهیم پور

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