Raising awareness of polycystic ovary syndrome
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Raising awareness of polycystic ovary syndrome

Julie Tomlinson Associate professor and honorary nurse consultant, Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (PUPSMD), and Pool Health Centre, Redruth.
Gayle Letherby Professor of sociology, Plymouth University.
Jonathan Pinkney Professor of medicine, honorary consultant physician, PUPSMD, Plymouth University and Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust
Ann Millward Associate professor of clinical diabetes, consultant in diabetes, PUPSMD and Plymouth University.
Elizabeth Stenhouse Associate professor of midwifery research, Plymouth University.

Aim To identify women’s experience of receiving information about polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and develop an information booklet.

Method Women from Cornwall with a diagnosis of PCOS participated in focus groups to discuss their experiences of the condition.

Findings Participants described difficulties in sourcing credible and helpful information about PCOS.

Conclusion A booklet was produced for women with PCOS to improve their knowledge of the condition.

Nursing Standard. 27, 40, 35-39. doi: 10.7748/ns2013.

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Accepted: 22 February 2013