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The uncertainties surrounding the diagnosis and management of endometriosis often leave the patient in pain, feeling confused by the limited information provided by her doctor and with a mixed bag of emotions: fear, grief, anger and self-guilt prominent among them. An open, mutually understanding relationship between doctor and patient is necessary if the diagnosis is to be made without undue delay. Appropriate management will then include the doctor taking time to explain the condition and its associated uncertainties, to discuss the treatment options and to forewarn about possible side-effects.

Type

Conference paper

Publication Date

01/01/1991

Volume

45

Pages

8 - 10