A Study to Explore the Impact of Endometriosis in the United Kingdom: A Qualitative Content Analysis

Karavadra, Babu, Simpson, Paul, Prosser-Snelling, Edward, Mullins, Edward, Stockl, Andrea and Morris, Edward (2019) A Study to Explore the Impact of Endometriosis in the United Kingdom: A Qualitative Content Analysis. Gynecology and Obstetrics Research, 6 (1). pp. 11-19. ISSN 2377-1542

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Abstract

Objective To gain insight into the areas that impact women with endometriosis. Design A qualitative content analysis of an online survey. Setting Online questionnaire via Endometriosis UK. Population Women diagnosed with endometriosis of any age range. Methods Free-text online questionnaire through Endometriosis UK completed by women. Results were analysed using NVivo version 9, qualitative analysis software. The software creates links between common words (codes), and these links allow data to be placed in nodes (called themes) which are then developed into categories. Content analysis was used to understand this data.  Main outcome measures  Impact of endometriosis on women’s lives. Results In total, 1872 questionnaires were returned but not everyone was able to identify ten separate features that affected them. As such, 1872 women provided at least one area that affected them, 1800 provided two areas, 1770 provided three areas and 1600 provided four areas. The results show that the main areas of concern for these women were pain (53%), heavy menstrual bleeding (11%), low mood (8%) and the perceived lack of understanding displayed by other people (7%). Other important factors were fertility concerns, impact on employment, problems with the medical team and uncertainty. These then impacted on their daily life whereby some women felt “guilty” for not ‘being a normal mother’. A key term that resonated was that endometriosis is an “invisible disease”. Conclusion This analysis provides us with insight into the complex psycho-social factors that interact with bio-physical symptoms. Further research is required in sub-population groups such as teenagers and ethnic minority women to explore any differences in impact and how care can be guided accordingly.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2019 03:18
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2020 23:52
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/73368
DOI: 10.17140/GOROJ-6-150

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