This activity aims to provide a practical framework for the clinical assessment and management of pelvic pain. It explores the causes of pelvic pain and outlines abdominal and pelvic examination techniques for use in general practice. It also discusses the diagnosis, management and treatment options for endometriosis, adenomyosis, ovarian cysts, vulvodynia and pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), recognising that these conditions are often present in patients with pelvic pain. The activity aims to assist GPs and health professionals to care for patients with pelvic pain effectively and confidently.
Relevance to General Practice
Please request Jean Hailes document '2017 Pelvic Pain RACGP Overview'
- Identify the common causes of pelvic pain, including gynaecological and non-gynaecological causes
- Outline abdominal and pelvic examination techniques
- Discuss diagnosis, management and treatment options for endometriosis, adenomyosis, ovarian cysts, vulvodynia and Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
- Identify the criteria for referral of patients with persistent pelvic pain to a gynaecologist
Domains of General Practice
D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
D3. Population health and the context of general practice
D4. Professional and ethical role
D5. Organisational and legal dimensions
Curriculum Contextual Units
- Women's health
- Sexual and reproductive health