Impact of a Persistent Pelvic Pain Clinic: Emergency attendances following multidisciplinary management of persistent pelvic pain

Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 2021 Aug;61(4):612-615. doi: 10.1111/ajo.13358. Epub 2021 May 13.


Persistent pelvic pain (PPP) is an important cause of psychological distress and productivity loss in women. In 2017, a multidisciplinary clinic was established to care for Queensland women with PPP. By analysing clinic and emergency department data, we found 19% fewer patients required any presentation to the emergency department for exacerbations of pelvic pain (P = 0.003) within 12 months of clinic attendance. There was also a reduction in number of presentations, short stay admissions and daily opiate use in regular users. The Persistent Pelvic Pain Clinic (PPPC) made a difference to these women and reduced resource burden on a busy emergency department.

Keywords: emergency; endometriosis; multidisciplinary pain clinic; pain management; pelvic pain.

MeSH terms

  • Emergency Service, Hospital
  • Endometriosis*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Pain Clinics*
  • Pelvic Pain / etiology
  • Pelvic Pain / therapy
  • Queensland