Health-related quality of life measurement in women with common benign gynecologic conditions: a systematic review.
Jones GL., Kennedy SH., Jenkinson C.
Endometriosis, menorrhagia, chronic pelvic pain, and polycystic ovary syndrome are major sources of psychologic morbidity and can negatively affect quality of life. Although comparative studies have been published on the measurement of health-related quality of life for gynecologic malignancies, a similar review for these benign gynecologic conditions has not been conducted. Consequently, we searched the literature systematically to identify the impact of symptoms and treatments for these conditions on health status and to report on the types and psychometric properties of the instruments used. Papers were retrieved by systematically searching 6 electronic databases and hand-searching relevant reference lists and bibliographies. Forty-six studies used a questionnaire to measure health status: 34 studies (74%) used standardized instruments; of these, 23 studies (68%) used generic tools. Although a meta analysis was not possible, it appears that women with chronic pelvic pain and conditions that are associated with pelvic pain (such as endometriosis) report worse health-related quality of life. Despite the development of disease-specific questionnaires, only 2 questionnaires were generated from interviews of patients with the condition of interest, and few questionnaires are being used to evaluate the outcomes of treatment on subjective health status.