Evidence for multidisciplinary care in pelvic pain and endometriosis.

Multidisciplinary care for patients with endometriosis is essential, though the exact 'formula' for how this should look is uncertain. Sam was involved in investigating trends in multidisciplinary care for patients with endometriosis and pelvic pain.



Endometriosis is a chronic, inflammatory condition characterised by the presence of endometrial-like tissue outside the uterine cavity. Given the multi-system nature of the disease and the potential for significant negative impact on quality of life, there has been a long-standing recognition of the need for multidisciplinary care for people with endometriosis. However, there is paucity to the data supporting this approach, and much of the evidence is anecdotal.


This systematic review aims to describe recent evidence-based models and patient-centred perspectives of multidisciplinary care for endometriosis, to improve understanding of the role of an integrated, multidisciplinary team in effectively addressing patients' care needs.

Materials and Methods

PubMed, Medline, Embase and Web of Science were searched for relevant articles published between 1 January 2010 to 7 July 2022.


Nineteen studies met the inclusion and exclusion criteria and pinpointed a multidisciplinary team consisting of gynaecologists, pain specialists, nurses, physiotherapists, psychologists, sex therapists, nutritionists, complementary medicine practitioners, and social workers to be most commonly utilised in holistically managing people with pelvic pain and endometriosis. Furthermore, patient perspectives on care highlighted the need for reliable information, respect and validation of experiences or preferences, discussion of long-term treatment plans and social and emotional supports.


The trend for multidisciplinary team care for people with endometriosis is growing. Further consumer-driven clinical studies and outcome evaluations need to be conducted to determine the effect of multidisciplinary care on improvements to quality of life for people living with endometriosis and or pelvic pain.