Women prefer attending a one-stop menstrual clinic rather than traditional gynaecology units - which may be appropriate for other clinical treatments too, researchers at the University of Leicester and Leicester Royal Infirmary have discovered.
The team from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University and Infirmary sought the views of 239 women who attended a one-stop clinic and a gynaecology clinic. Their findings have been published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Researchers Jafaru Abu, Marwan Habiba, Richard Baker, Aidan Halligan, Nicholas Naftalin, Ronald Hsu and Nicholas Taub carried out the study involving five traditional general gynaecology clinics and a one-stop menstrual clinic.
Senior lecturer Mr Habiba said: "We wished to establish women's views about their care and progress towards resolution of their problem. Our research showed that patients attending the menstrual clinic appreciated getting the results of their investigations on the same day.
"They also found the organisation of the one-stop menstrual clinic more closely suited to their needs and as a result were more likely to feel they were making progress.
"Women were consistently more positive about their experience in the one-stop clinic. One-stop clinics organised to meet the needs of patients might be appropriate for other clinical conditions."
The researchers point out that menstrual disorders are common and are associated with considerable clinical and social morbidity. One in 20 women aged 30 to 49 years consults her general practitioner each year because of excessive menstrual blood loss.
"For this group of patients, the traditional gynaecology clinic often involves several visits for consultations and investigations before the initiation of therapy.
"The one-stop menstrual clinic was established at the Leicester Royal Infirmary in March 1996 to provide same-day investigations including haematology, pelvic ultrasound scan, hysteroscopy and endometrial biopsy. This allows prompt initiation of treatment.
"The clinic is consultant-based, and all investigation results are given to patients by telephone on the day of attendance at 4.30-5.00 pm."
This study forms the basis for further developments which aim to enhance the delivery of care to women.
NOTE TO NEWSDESK: For more information please contact Mr Habiba 0116 252 3159.
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