Professor Roger Hart on ‘The potential implications of
a PCOS diagnosis on a woman’s long-term health using data linkage’
In 2014, Professor Roger Hart published a landmark paper in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, looking at hospital admissions for patients with polycystic ovary syndrome. This work showed very significant difference in health outcomes for patients with PCOS versus those who did not have PCOS, this paper has been cited many times and has caused a great stir in the endocrine communities.
The objective of the work was to determine the rate of hospital admissions for women with PCOS in Western Australian population in comparison to women without PCOS. A total of 2566 women within Western Australia with PCOS who were hospitalized from 1997-2011 and 25 660 randomly selected age-matched women without a PCOS diagnosis derived from the electoral roll participated in this study.
This study concluded that PCOS has profound medical implications for the health of women, and health care resources should be directed accordingly.