Attitudes of women with menstrual disorders to the use of clinical guidelines in their care
Julian, Sophia, Rashid, Aly, Baker, Richard H., M.D., Szczepura, Ala and Habiba, Marwan. (2010) Attitudes of women with menstrual disorders to the use of clinical guidelines in their care. Family Practice, Vol.27 (No.2). pp. 205-211. ISSN 0263-2136Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/fampra/cmp090
Objectives. To explore the knowledge and attitudes of women with menstrual disorders towards the use of evidence-based clinical guidelines for their condition.
Methods. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with women with menstrual disorders.
Results. Some women were not aware of the existence of clinical guidelines for their condition. Many were unsure as to their exact nature. The most consistent interpretation of guidelines was as a 'set of rules'. Numerous positive aspects of the use of guidelines were identified, for example, ensuring quality and safety for patients, earlier diagnosis, reducing waiting times and improving continuity of care. Negative views involved seeing guidelines as a tool for rationing and concerns over inflexibility. Patients recognized that implementation of guidelines in general practice can be problematic, especially if resources are not made available. An unmet need for information became apparent in this group of patients. Many women felt that they should have access to guidelines that are being used in their medical care and that guidelines had the potential to act as an information resource for patients.
Conclusions. A patient-centred service should endeavour to increase patient awareness of the existence and use of clinical guidelines. A patient version of clinical guidelines may be useful in promoting patients involvement in decision making and may improve outcomes.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
|Divisions:||Faculty of Medicine > Warwick Medical School > Health Sciences
Faculty of Medicine > Warwick Medical School
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Menstruation disorders, Menstruation disorders -- Patients, Medical protocols, Health attitudes|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Family Practice|
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
|Official Date:||April 2010|
|Number of Pages:||7|
|Page Range:||pp. 205-211|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
|Funder:||Trent Regional Health Authority (Great Britain) (TRHA)|
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