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2021 Dec 08

BMJ Open



Determining the effectiveness of cognitive behavioural therapy in improving quality of life in patients undergoing endometriosis surgery: a study protocol for a randomised controlled trial.


Boersen Z, Oosterman J, Hameleers E G, Delcliseur H S M J, Lutters C, IJssel de Schepper A, Braat D, Verhaak CM, Nap A
BMJ Open. 2021 Dec 08; 11(12):e054896.
PMID: 34880026.


Endometriosis can cause chronic pain and subfertility thereby negatively affecting quality of life (QoL). Surgical removal of endometriosis lesions leads to improved health-related QoL, although not to the level of QoL of healthy controls. Pain intensity and cognitions regarding pain can play a crucial role in this health-related QoL following surgical treatment. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a psychological treatment. In patients with chronic pain caused by a variety of medical conditions, CBT is effective in improving QoL. We designed a research protocol to investigate the effect of CBT on QoL in patients with endometriosis-associated chronic pain who are undergoing surgery.