Priorities for endometriosis research: recommendations from an international consensus workshop

Rogers, Peter A. W., D'Hooghe, Thomas M., Fazleabas, Asgerally, Gargett, Caroline E., Giudice, Linda C., Montgomery, Grant W., Rombauts, Luk, Salamonsen, Lois A. and Zondervan, Krina T. (2009) Priorities for endometriosis research: recommendations from an international consensus workshop. Reproductive Sciences, 16 4: 335-346. doi:10.1177/1933719108330568

Author Rogers, Peter A. W.
D'Hooghe, Thomas M.
Fazleabas, Asgerally
Gargett, Caroline E.
Giudice, Linda C.
Montgomery, Grant W.
Rombauts, Luk
Salamonsen, Lois A.
Zondervan, Krina T.
Title Priorities for endometriosis research: recommendations from an international consensus workshop
Journal name Reproductive Sciences   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1933-7191
Publication date 2009-04-01
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1933719108330568
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 16
Issue 4
Start page 335
End page 346
Total pages 12
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Abstract Endometriosis is an estrogen-dependent disorder where endometrial tissue forms lesions outside the uterus. Endometriosis affects an estimated 10% of women in the reproductive-age group, rising to 30% to 50% in patients with infertility and/or pain, with significant impact on their physical, mental, and social well-being. There is no known cure, and most current medical treatments are not suitable long term due to their side-effect profiles. Endometriosis has an estimated annual cost in the United States of $18.8 to $22 billion (2002 figures). Although endometriosis was first described more than 100 years ago, current knowledge of its pathogenesis, spontaneous evolution, and the pathophysiology of the related infertility and pelvic pain, remain unclear. A consensus workshop was convened following the 10th World Congress on Endometriosis to establish recommendations for priorities in endometriosis research. One major issue identified as impacting on the capacity to undertake endometriosis research is the need for multidisciplinary expertise. A total of 25 recommendations for research have been developed, grouped under 5 subheadings: (1) diagnosis, (2) classification and prognosis, (3) treatment and outcome, (4) epidemiology, and (5) pathophysiology. Endometriosis research is underfunded relative to other diseases with high health care burdens. This may be due to the practical difficulties of developing competitive research proposals on a complex and poorly understood disease, which affects only women. By producing this consensus international research priorities statement it is the hope of the workshop participants that researchers will be encouraged to develop new interdisciplinary research proposals that will attract increased funding support for work on endometriosis.
Keyword Consensus report
International workshop
Research directions
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Grant ID 1U54HD055764-01
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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