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Call for papers - Current insights into chronic pelvic pain

Guest Editors

Jane Chalmers, PhD, BPhysio (Hons), University of South Australia, Australia
Amelia Mardon, PhD, BMedSci (Hons), Western Sydney University, Australia

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 3 March 2025

BMC Urology is calling for submissions to our Collection of Current insights into chronic pelvic pain. This Collection aims to explore the multifaceted aspects of chronic pelvic pain (CPP) management and provide insights into effective strategies for improving outcomes for individuals suffering from this debilitating condition. CPP represents a significant health burden, affecting individuals of all ages and genders, and requires comprehensive and evidence-based approaches for its management.

New Content ItemThis Collection supports and amplifies research related to SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing.

Meet the Guest Editors

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Jane Chalmers, PhD, BPhysio (Hons), University of South Australia, Australia

Dr Jane Chalmers is a Senior Lecturer in Pain Sciences and a post-doctoral Research Fellow at the University of South Australia. She is passionate about solving the problem of pelvic pain. A physiotherapist by background, Jane’s research focuses on the assessment and management of pelvic pain, with a particular focus on the role of pain science education and exercise in the physiotherapy management of pelvic pain.

Amelia Mardon, PhD, BMedSci (Hons), Western Sydney University, Australia

Dr Amelia Mardon is an early career researcher in pelvic pain and women’s health. She recently completed her PhD thesis at the University of South Australia, which led to the development of a consumer-informed curriculum for pain science education tailored to women’s pelvic pain. She is currently working at Western Sydney University as a post-doctoral researcher fellow in reproductive health. Her research interests include the conservative management of pelvic pain in women, with a specific focus on education and self-management strategies.

About the Collection

BMC Urology is calling for submissions to our Collection of Current insights into chronic pelvic pain.

Chronic pelvic pain (CPP) is a complex and debilitating condition that affects a significant number of individuals, particularly women. It encompasses a wide range of diagnoses and symptoms and can have a profound impact on quality of life, mental health, and overall well-being. The management of chronic pelvic pain presents a considerable challenge due to its multifactorial nature, involving gynecological, urological, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, and neuroimmunological components. Current management strategies often require a multidisciplinary approach, including medical, surgical, psychological, and other conservative interventions.

Effective management of CPP is essential for enhancing the quality of life of affected individuals and reducing the associated physical, psychological, and socioeconomic impacts. Our Collection seeks to delve into various aspects of CPP management, including but not limited to:

  • Multidisciplinary approaches to CPP management: collaborative and interdisciplinary care models for CPP management involving urologists, pain specialists, physiotherapists, psychologists, and other healthcare professionals.
  • The integration of CPP management strategies into urological care, including health policy and system-level approaches.
  • Early detection and screening methods for identifying individuals at risk of developing CPP or those with undiagnosed conditions contributing to pelvic pain.
  • Evidence-based treatment modalities and management strategies for alleviating CPP symptoms and improving patient outcomes.
  • Innovative interventions for CPP management.
  • Health promotion and prevention strategies aimed at reducing the incidence and severity of CPP through lifestyle modifications, patient education, and preventive interventions.
  • The role of digital health technologies, telemedicine, and mobile health applications in supporting CPP management, monitoring, and patient engagement.
  • Psychosocial aspects of chronic pelvic pain: understanding the experiences and perspectives of individuals living with CPP, as well as their families, caregivers, and healthcare providers, to inform patient-centered care approaches.
  • Addressing disparities and improving access to CPP services, particularly among underserved populations, through innovative care delivery models and community outreach programs.
  • Training and education initiatives for urologists, primary care providers, and allied healthcare professionals to enhance their knowledge and skills in CPP diagnosis and management.

This Collection aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 3: Good Health and Wellbeing. By focusing on CPP management strategies, we aim to address a critical area of unmet need in urological care and improve the lives of those affected by this challenging condition.

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There are currently no articles in this collection.

Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of original Research Articles. Should you wish to submit a different article type, please read our submission guidelines to confirm that type is accepted by the journal. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp. During the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select Current insights into chronic pelvic pain from the dropdown menu.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.