Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Call to rename ‘confusing’ PCOS

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome could be reborn under the new title “metabolic reproductive syndrome” as part of a new impetus to make the condition less confusing to both patients and primary care physicians. Experts believe that the current name is both ambiguous and misleading, and does not reflect the broader psychological and metabolic impacts of the syndrome.

Professor Helena Teede of the DEPM has published a new study which aims to quantify patients and physicians understanding of PCOS, its symptoms and causes. The patients and practitioners involved were quizzed on the symptoms and causes of PCOS to determine their general understanding. Whilst many patients were able to recognise the symptoms, 47% of patients incorrectly identified ovarian cysts as a cause.

Most primary care physicians felt the name was confusing (74%) and needs changing (81%), however opinions were divided on specific alternative names.

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