Paula Patricia Souza

University of São Paulo, San Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

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Publications (4)4.81 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Chronic pelvic pain (CPP) is a highly prevalent clinical condition and is recognized as a public health problem. Although the number of qualitative studies related to the topic is increasing, it is essential that this knowledge be presented in a synthesized manner, grounded in the context of the care provided to patients with CPP, in order to increase the clinical and research applicability of the findings. Little attention is given to CPP in undergraduate courses and in meetings for the continuing education of health professionals, the approach to CPP typically being based on the biomedical model. We believe that qualitative research can provide insights into CPP and form the basis for a biopsychosocial approach to the condition, which can in turn lead to better results, including resolution of the pain and greater patient/health professional satisfaction. Therefore, we conducted a metasynthesis of seven qualitative studies of CPP, the principal themes of which were as follows: (a) coping with CPP versus secondary gain; (b) the great importance of determining the cause of the pain; (c) expectations regarding the doctor-patient relationship; and (d) gender issues. We hope that the present study can aid in restoring the humanistic aspects of CPP treatment.
    Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology 09/2011; 32(4):165-72. DOI:10.3109/0167482X.2011.607523 · 1.88 Impact Factor
  • European Journal of Pain Supplements 09/2011; 5(1):155-156. DOI:10.1016/S1754-3207(11)70535-1
  • European journal of pain (London, England) 09/2009; 13. DOI:10.1016/S1090-3801(09)60629-7 · 2.93 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Because the aetiology of chronic pelvic pain is complex, studies of the condition involve extensive investigation but provide few conclusions. Numerous studies have addressed the experiences of women with chronic pelvic pain, as well as the interaction between those women and their health care providers. Our objective was to investigate how physi-cians at a specialized clinic perceive the medical care provided to such women. This was a qualitative study employing semi-structured interviews and content analysis. We interviewed seven physicians at the Chronic Pelvic Pain Outpatient Clinic of the University Hospital, Faculty of Medicine of Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo, Brazil. Medical training and practice constituted the central theme of the study, which was subdivided into categories addressing the influence that the current medical training has on the type of medical care provided to women with chronic pelvic pain. Medical practice has been characterized by a reductionist approach to health and illness, as well as by the fragmentation of health care. These characteristics are, to a certain extent, the result of the biomedical model of education, which has been predominant, ignoring social, cultural, psychological and emotional aspects. There is a need to shift the medical paradigms toward a humanistic model of health care. We hope that we have provided a critical view of current medical training and practice, as well as of their effects in various health care settings, particularly in the provision of care to women with chronic pelvic pain.