Resource spotlight: Endometriosis

April 21, 2022

 

Written by Erica Evangelista

This article was written and researched by a CSHP student member for Interactions, our biweekly newsletter. Crafting these pieces not only helps students gain in-depth knowledge of specific conditions, treatments, and resources, it also helps them hone their skills in research, critical appraisal, evaluation, synthesis, and writing – all of which will serve them well in clinical practice. The Professional Practice Team works with the student to select topics that are of interest and utility to both the student and to you, the reader. We hope you enjoy this piece by one of our future colleagues! Let us know what you think: If you would like to provide any comments or constructive feedback for our students, please email us at practice@cshp.ca


Endometriosis is an inflammatory disease that affects over 176 million people worldwide. It is characterized by lesions of endometrial-like tissue outside of the uterus, and is associated with pelvic pain and infertility.(1) There is currently no known cure for endometriosis, however symptom management can be targeted to relieve associated pain, prevent disease recurrence and treat infertility.(2,3) Management can be multifaceted and includes options such as medications, surgery, or both. 
Pharmacists can play a significant role in reducing the economic burden of endometriosis on the Canadian healthcare system, managing consequences of co-morbidities associated with endometriosis, and contributing to peri-and post-operative management. This week’s Resource spotlight aims to highlight resources and tools that provide helpful information to both healthcare providers and patients, respectively. To read more about endometriosis, check out CSHP’s recent Clinical pearls article on endometriosis.

Resources for healthcare providers

 
Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada (JOGC) Diagnosis and Management Guidelines for Endometriosis
 
This JOGC publication provides clinical practice guidelines pertaining to diagnosis and management of endometriosis. This publication includes 8 chapters with information on management of pain and infertility, medication options, surgery, and cancer risk. Each chapter is supported by emerging clinical and scientific evidence statements and grading of summary recommendations.
 
Endometriosis.org
 
This website is the global platform for news and information regarding endometriosis. It links all stakeholders in endometriosis by providing evidence-based information on medical treatment, surgical treatment, and coping and support options. 
 
Global Library of Women’s Medicine (GLOWM) - Endometriosis
 
The Global Library of Women’s Medicine is a free and publicly available resource that provides medical professionals with expert, peer reviewed guidance on best practices for women’s medicine.4 GLOWM published a thorough chapter on endometriosis with topics ranging from, but not limited to, definition, prevalence, epidemiology, clinical presentation, pathophysiology, pathology, detailed diagnosis, and treatment.  
 
World Endometriosis Society (WES)
World Endometriosis Society is a global organization whose mission is to improve quality of life for those affected by endometriosis through education, advocacy, clinical care, and collaboration with stakeholders. This organization also facilitates research on endometriosis and adenomyosis through evidence-based standards and innovations. 5 Furthermore, they contribute to the World Endometriosis Research Foundation (WERF), a global charity that conducts international research with the objective of improving knowledge of and treatments for endometriosis.
 

Resources for patients

 
YourPeriod.ca

 
YourPeriod.ca is a website created by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) to provide up-to-date, expert information about menstruation. In the Resources tab, patients have access to a wide array of website resources, infographics, and videos specific to topics such as endometriosis, pelvic pain, sexual and reproductive health, pregnancy, and menopause. 
 
Of value to healthcare providers, a section within the same Resources tab is dedicated to guidelines for specific issues, such as menstrual suppression, endometriosis, abnormal uterine bleeding, uterine fibroids, and more.  

 
References

 
1 Johnson NP, Hummelshoj L, World Endometriosis Society Montpellier Consortium, Abrao MS, Adamson GD, Allaire C, Amelung V, Andersson E, Becker C, Birna Árdal KB, Bush D. Consensus on current management of endometriosis. Human reproduction. 2013 Jun 1;28(6):1552-68.
 
2 Gilliland GB. Endometriosis. Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties [Internet]. 2 March 2018 [22 March 2022]. Available from: https://www.myrxtx.ca
 
3 Kim, A, Adamson, G, Glob. libr. women's med., Endometriosis. July 2008. (ISSN: 1756-2228) 2008; DOI 10.3843/GLOWM.10011
 
4 The Global Library of Women’s Medicine (GLOWM). Objectives of this site. [cited on 18 April 2022, Internet]. Available from: https://www.glowm.com/objectives 
  5 World Endometriosis Society. Endometriosis: Mission. [cited on 18 April 2022, Internet]. Available from: http://endometriosis.ca/about/mission/ 
 

 


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