Morning Symposium - NPG Symposium - PCOS and the Multidisciplinary Team Approach

Date:October 21, 2014

Time:11:15 am - 1:00 pm

Location:HCC311 - Hawaii Convention Center


Catherine M. Bergh, M.S.N. (Chair), Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey

Heather Huddleston, M.D., University of California San Francisco

Lauri A. Pasch, Ph.D., University of California San Francisco

Needs Assessment and Description
Multidisciplinary health-care teams are comprised of members from different health-care professions with specialized skills and expertise. The purpose of the group is to facilitate safe, high-quality, patient-centered care. The strength of the team is its ability to simplify and facilitate the patient journey and deliver care that is based on recognized “best practices.” Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is an example of an endocrine and reproductive disorder with serious comorbidities. Working together, the multidisciplinary team can prioritize the care of women with PCOS to meet their individual physical and psychological needs. In the case of PCOS, this means delivering care to reduce symptoms and improve fertility, and providing medical, psychological, nutritional, and lifestyle support to promote optimal health. This live course for nurses and other allied health professionals who care for women with PCOS will focus on coordination and delivery of services, as well as tips for reducing chronic disease risk and improving reproductive potential through improved health literacy. 

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to: 

  1. Summarize the multidisciplinary team management of PCOS. 
  2. Apply principles of adult learning to improving health literacy in women with PCOS. 
ACGME Competency
Patient Care Interpersonal and Communication Skills 

A 31-year-old woman with a body mass index of 33 kg/m2 presents at the office with a 2-year history of anovulatory infertility off oral contraceptives (OC) and a diagnosis of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) based on anovulation, hirsutism, and polycystic ovaries on ultrasound. She offers that as a slightly obese teenager she was told she had PCOS and was placed on OCs. Her weight has steadily increased over the years. Blood work includes a fasting blood sugar of 100 mg/dL. After participating in this session, in my practice I will recommend the following as a first step in management:
a. Weight loss
b. Glucose tolerance test
c. Metformin
d. Clomiphene citrate
e. Letrozole
f. Not applicable to my area of practice


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