This International evidence-based guideline for the assessment and management of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is designed to provide clear information to assist clinical decision making and support optimal patient care. It is the culmination of the work of over 3000 health professionals and consumers internationally.
The Centre for Research Excellence in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
(CREPCOS) research in partnership with the European Society of
Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) and American Society
of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), and in collaboration with professional
societies and consumer advocacy groups internationally, developed the
evidence-based guideline to provide evidence-based recommendations
to improve the quality of healthcare, health outcomes and quality of life of
women with PCOS. The guideline represents the integration of the best
evidence available at the time of preparation, multidisciplinary, international
clinical perspectives and patient preferences. In the absence of scientific
evidence in PCOS, evidence from the general population was considered and
a consensus between the engaged stakeholders was obtained.
The aim of evidenced-based guideline is to aid healthcare professionals
and consumers in decisions about appropriate and effective care, although
recommendations are generalised and application requires consideration of
individual patient characteristics and preferences. All recommendations and
practice points need to be considered in the context of regional regulations.
Adherence to the guideline does not guarantee a successful or specific
outcome in an individual or override the healthcare professional’s clinical
judgment or patient preference in diagnosis and treatment of individual
patients. Ultimately, healthcare professionals must make their own clinical
decisions on a case-by-case basis, using their clinical judgment, knowledge,
and expertise, and taking into account the condition, circumstances, and
perspectives of the individual patient, in consultation with that patient and/or
the guardian or carer.
The guideline partners make no warranty, express or implied, regarding the
guideline and specifically excludes any warranties of merchantability and
fitness for a particular use or purpose. The partners shall not be liable for
direct, indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages related to the
use of the information contained herein. While the partners have made every
effort to compile accurate current information, however we cannot guarantee
the correctness, completeness, and accuracy of the guideline in every respect
at all times. Guidelines do not necessarily represent the views of all clinicians
that are members of the partner and collaborating societies. The information
provided in this document does not constitute business, medical or other
professional advice, and is subject to change.