RESEARCH CALL OUT: PCOS and Quality of Life

Nottingham Trent University

My name is Elena Santonja and I am currently completing my MSc in Psychology, at Nottingham Trent University. As someone who has Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) herself, I decided to focus my final dissertation project exploring predictors of Quality of Life in women living with PCOS. To do so, I am recruiting volunteer participants with PCOS, over the age of 18, and would be grateful if you could spare 15 min to complete my survey.

PCOS has been recognised as a common, heterogeneous, heritable, endocrine disorder affecting about 1 in 5 women in the UK throughout their lifetime.  However, there is considerable inter-individual variation in the presentation of symptoms. Likewise, Quality of life (QoL) is a multidimensional concept that encompasses the physical, emotional, and social aspects associated with a specific disease, syndrome or illness and its treatment.

Accordingly, my survey is designed to identify predictive factors of quality of life in women living with PCOS, including coping strategies; illness perceptions; symptoms presented; and levels of well-being.

Whilst research on PCOS has incremented over the past years, it has become one of my main motivators to further expand our knowledge in the field of Psychology. I hope that you find the study interesting and will take satisfaction from helping me develop a greater understanding of the topic.

Thanks for your time and helping me achieve my degree. The results can be made available to you as a report, upon request, when the research is completed.