Facilitating and inhibiting factors related to treatment adherence in women with polycystic ovary syndrome: a qualitative study

Bazarganipour, Fatemah, Taghavi, Seyed-Abdolvahab, Allan, Helen T. ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9391-0385 and Hosseini, Nazafarin (2017) Facilitating and inhibiting factors related to treatment adherence in women with polycystic ovary syndrome: a qualitative study. International Journal of Reproductive BioMedicine, 15 (9) . pp. 553-560. ISSN 2476-4108 [Article] (doi:10.29252/ijrm.15.9.553)

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Background: Adherence issues in PCOS patients have not been examined thoroughly. Patients report prolonged periods of treatment and side effects of drug as the most common reason for withdrawal from treatment. To improve the effective management of PCOS patients, it is fundamental to understand facilitating and inhibiting factors to treatment adherence.
Objective: to explore facilitating /inhibiting factors related to treatment adherence among PCOS patients.
Material and Methods: This was a qualitative study with a purposive sample of women with confirmed diagnosis of PCOS. The data were collected via 20 in-depth semi-structured interviews with women aged between 21 to 34. A qualitative content analysis was used to analyze the data.
Results: Five themes were identified which described different types of facilitating /inhibiting factors to treatment adherence. Inhibiting factors included financial issues, patient-related, disease-related, health care provider-related factors; social factors were found to be both facilitating and inhibiting.
Conclusion: The findings suggest that successful adherence to PCOS treatment is highly dependent on patients recognizing and adapting to financial, social, and health care related inhibiting factors. It is also crucial for clinicians and policy makers to recognize these key inhibiting factors in order to improve treatment outcomes
Keywords: polycystic ovarian syndrome, adherence, qualitative research

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Adult, Child and Midwifery
Item ID: 22992
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Depositing User: Helen Allan
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2017 12:17
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 20:39
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/22992

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