Polycystic ovary syndrome: improving policies, awareness, and clinical care

Rhonda M. Garad, Helena J. Teede

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Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a complex reproductive, metabolic, and psychological condition. This review focuses on awareness, policy, and clinical care. We examine the literature identifying knowledge gaps that contribute to diagnostic delays and variation in care and dissatisfaction in women with PCOS with diagnostic experiences and access to evidence-based information. We discuss a large-scale international collaboration that developed the first international evidence-based guideline on the assessment and management of PCOS in 2018. Extensive consumer and health professional engagement (n = 3500) informed knowledge and care gaps, research priorities, consensus recommendations, research translation needs, and resource codesign. Extensive evidence synthesis informed the guideline and evidence gaps. We summarize the impact of the PCOS Guideline and research translation program on raising awareness, policy impacts, and clinical care. Finally, we outline future research to be addressed in a newly funded Australian Centre for Research Excellence in Women's Health in Reproductive Life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)112-118
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Opinion in Endocrine and Metabolic Research
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020


  • Awareness
  • Clinical care
  • Evidence-based guideline
  • Policies
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome

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