Chronic pelvic pain: causes, mechanisms and effects
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Chronic pelvic pain: causes, mechanisms and effects

Julia Cambitzi Urogenital nurse specialist, Pain Management Centre, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London

This article outlines the causes, mechanisms and effects of chronic pelvic pain. It provides a basic overview of the biopsychosocial treatment options delivered by a multidisciplinary team. The focus is on actively listening to patients to validate their pain experience and provide information on their condition. A combination of pain management psychology and pain management physiotherapy, medical interventions and medication are used to improve the quality of life of patients with this distressing condition.

Nursing Standard. 25, 20,35-38. doi: 10.7748/ns2011.01.25.20.35.c8274

Correspondence

julia.cambitzi@uclh.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review