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Centering as a Model for Group Visits Among Women with Chronic Pelvic Pain


  • The authors report no conflict of interest or relevant financial relationships.


Maria T. Chao, DrPH, MPA, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, UCSF Box 1726, San Francisco, CA 94143.


Providing comprehensive care for chronic pelvic pain is impeded by time and resource constraints of the standard health care visit. To provide patient education, psychosocial support, and health care assessment, we developed group visits for women with chronic pelvic pain using an evidence-based, holistic nursing approach. In this article, we describe the structure of group visits, the process of conducting Centering group visits focused on empowerment, and the content of a holistic curriculum for women with chronic pelvic pain.