The PERLA Health PCOS Gameplan: The Science Behind the Survey - PERLA Health

Are you wondering what our gameplan survey is based on? Like any information on our website, it’s evidence-based and backed by science. Let’s dive right in to learn more:

Our survey is inspired by the PCOS-Q tool, a questionnaire to measure the health-related quality of life for women with PCOS. Many of the symptoms of PCOS such as weight gain, body hair, infertility and depression and anxiety can lower the quality of life for affected women. The PCOS-Q tool can be helpful to identify which domain is having the most impact, and can work as a tool to measure if interventions are having an impact on increasing the quality of life.

To develop the PCOS-Q, a team of researchers led by Cronin L. et al. had the objective to develop a questionnaire to measure the health-related quality of life (HR-QoL) in PCOS. For this, they gathered 182 potentially relevant topics and discussed them with 100 women with PCOS, health professionals and conducted a literature review. They performed an analysis and identified 26 items to be added in the questionnaire, which are grouped in 5 domains: Emotions, body hair, weight, infertility and menstrual problems. The questionnaire can be useful when analyzing interventions to measure the effect on the improvement of the quality of life.

Want to learn more about the PCOS-Q? Read the full study by Cronin L. et al. here:

Source: Cronin L, Guyatt G, Griffith L, et al. (1998) Development of a health-related quality-of-life questionnaire (PCOSQ) for women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism 83(6): 1976–1987

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