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2023 Jan 11

J Urol

Associations Between Urologic Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome Symptom Flares, Illness Impact, and Health Care Seeking Activity: Findings from the Multidisciplinary Approach to the Study of Chronic Pelvic Pain Symptom Patterns Study.


Sutcliffe S, Newcomb C, Bradley CS, Clemens QJ, Erickson B, Gupta P, Lai HH, Naliboff B, Strachan E, Stephens-Shields A
J Urol. 2023 Jan 11:101097JU0000000000003155.
PMID: 36630590.


Most studies on interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome and chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome use typical or average levels of pelvic pain or urologic symptom intensity as their outcome, as both are associated with reduced quality of life (QOL). Symptom exacerbations or "flares" have also been found to be associated with reduced QOL, but no studies, to our knowledge, have investigated whether these associations are independent of typical pelvic pain levels and thus might be useful additional outcome measures (or stated differently, whether reducing flare frequency even without reducing mean pain intensity may be important to patients).