Cost of endometriosis is driven by pain

12-04-12

The World Endometriosis Research Foundation's EndoCost study included 909 women with a diagnosis of endometriosis from 12 centres in ten countries.

Over a two-month period these women filled in validated questionnaires in their own language assessing the impact of endometriosis on their lives, including questions on a number of subjects such as health care costs, work loss, and quality of life.

A study like this, prospectively investigating the direct and indirect cost of endometriosis, has never been undertaken before, and we now have a much clearer picture of the actual cost of this potentially devastating disease. Principal investigator, Professor Steven Simoens.

The study was unique in that gynaecologists in each participating centres worked in parallel with health economists in each of the countries to actual cost of endometriosis.

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