Evidence-based guideline for the assessment and management of polycystic ovary syndrome
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Australian experts have developed the world’s first accessible evidence-based guideline for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal condition with reproductive, metabolic and mental health impacts. PCOS affects 12-21% of reproductive aged women in Australia, yet up to 70% of women with PCOS remain undiagnosed.
The Evidence-based guideline for the assessment and management of polycystic ovary syndrome is the culmination of two years of rigorous work from the PCOS Australian Alliance of leading Australian PCOS experts from the research, clinical and community sectors, in collaboration with the national not-for-profit women’s health organisation Jean Hailes. The Australian Department of Health and Ageing funded the project, which was auspiced by Jean Hailes and supported by the consumer advocacy group Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Association of Australia Inc. (POSAA).
The guideline provides 38 recommendations addressing four key areas:
- challenges of assessment and diagnosis
- assessment of emotional wellbeing
- lifestyle management
Importantly, the guideline addresses the long-term complications of PCOS including increased risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, depression and anxiety.
The algorithms summarise the recommendations of the guideline and provide an accessible desktop tool.
There are five algorithms:
MJA supplement clinical summary
PCOS referral resource
Emotional health screening questionnaire
Metformin Use in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
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The PCOS translation program aims to increase clinical practice uptake, through the dissemination of the PCOS evidence-based guideline and subsequent translation into a range of practice enhancement tools including algorithms, consumer resource, flip-charts, MJA supplement clinical summary, newsletter series, and web based content. In addition, an extensive national education program will be delivered to health professionals & consumers and includes:
- National conference program
- National public seminar program
- National videoconference
- On-line learning modules
- Face-to-face professional education program
- Web based information
These guidelines will apply in all health care settings and to a broad audience, including:
- Community care practitioners
- Indigenous health care workers
- General practitioners
- Obstetricians and gynaecologists
- Allied health professionals - psychologists, dietitians, exercise physiologists, physiotherapists, dermatologists
- Community support groups (e.g. POSAA)
- General public
- Policy makers
More detailed information about the PCOS evidence-based guideline can be found in this background paper.
For further information on the guideline or evidence document contact:
Jean Hailes Foundation for Women’s Health
173 Carinish Road, Clayton, VIC 3168PO Box 1108, Clayton South, Vic 3169
Phone: 03 9594 7500
This document is a guide to best practice, designed to provide information to assist decision-making. It is based on the best available evidence and clinical judgement at the time of development of this publication and is to be followed subject to the clinician’s judgement and patient’s preference in each individual case.
Evidence-based guideline for the assessment and management of polycystic ovary syndrome. Jean Hailes Foundation for Women’s Health on behalf of the PCOS Australian Alliance; Melbourne, 2011.
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Content updated 29 August 2011