Purpose of review
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrinopathy in reproductive-age women and has reproductive, pregnancy, metabolic, dermatologic, and psychologic complications. Here we summarize current challenges and gaps in PCOS care, and propose a pathway forward to implement high quality international guideline recommendations and resources, through development of a best practice framework and benchmarking for evidence-based, patient-centric models of care (MoC).
The majority of women with PCOS are unsatisfied with their healthcare experience due to delayed diagnosis, inadequate information provision and inconsistent advice from diverse healthcare providers. The 2018 International Evidence-based PCOS Guideline recommended co-development of evidence-based, patient centric MoC. High-quality guidelines and resources are now available to help women understand and manage PCOS and to assist healthcare professionals to partner in their care. Leveraging these and developing a best practice framework for patient centric PCOS MoC is now a vital to optimise care and outcomes in this common and neglected condition.
Collaborative interdisciplinary efforts from academic leads, healthcare professionals and consumers are now needed to co-develop a framework and benchmarking performance indicators to guide evidence-based, patient centric PCOS MOC to improve experience and outcomes.