Interdisciplinary Management of Pelvic Pain Bridging the Gap Between Primary Care and Specialty Referral

Author: Jennifer M. Hah

The prevalence of chronic pelvic pain in women aged 18 to 50 is around 15%. However, only one-third of these women seek medical care. Also, the average time from presentation to a primary care provider and appropriate specialty referral and diagnosis ranges from 3 to 7 years. Not only is it essential for primary care providers to recognize the broad differential diagnoses contributing to pelvic pain, but also to understand appropriate and prompt specialist referral. Furthermore, many of these conditions require ongoing interdisciplinary management for optimal outcomes. In order to enhance care, it course descriptions is essential for the primary care provider to appreciate the epidemiology, risks factors, and etiology of a spectrum of pelvic pain conditions in addition to relevant treatment options. In order to narrow the gap between current and optimal practice, a case based learning discussion will engage the audience to illustrate aspects of interdisciplinary management relevant to the treatment of pelvic pain.

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