EXPPECT research highlights
This page summarises the EXPPECT group’s latest research.
This year, the results of our trial showing feasibility of a future large scale study to determine the effectiveness of acupuncture for chronic pelvic pain was published in the British Journal of Pain:
Chong et al. The impact of meridian balance method electro-acupuncture treatment on chronic pelvic pain in women: a three-armed randomised controlled feasibility study using a mixed-methods approach. Br J Pain 2018;12(4):238-249.
We led a UK survey which showed that clinicians feel ill-equipped to manage women with chronic pelvic pain, and 45% of UK gynaecologists think chronic pelvic pain is managed badly. The results were published in the European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology (EJOG):
Leow, Szubert & Horne. 45% of UK gynaecologists think chronic pelvic pain is managed badly. Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2018 May;224:200-202.
The results of the Endometriosis Priority Setting Partnership, led by Andrew Horne and Philippa Saunders from the University of Edinburgh, and overseen by the James Lind Alliance—a non-profit initiative funded by the National Institute for Health Research— were published in the Lancet with a commentary in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), and highlighted in the National Press:
Patients and clinicians agreed that improving the diagnosis of endometriosis and stopping its progression are key research priorities for the condition.
Professor Horne and colleagues have also recently published in the BMJ regarding the effectiveness of gabapentin for chronic pelvic pain: