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Missed Opportunities and Vulvar Lichen Sclerosus

Missed Opportunities and Vulvar Lichen Sclerosus


In today's video, Dr. Sophie Rees and I discuss her research on missed opportunities and vulvar lichen sclerosus, focusing on instances where healthcare providers missed opportunities for better care in diagnosing VLS.

Sophie Rees is a medical sociologist and applied health researcher whose main research interests are vulval disease, especially LS, based at the University of Bristol in the UK. She was Chief Investigator of a mixed methods study called ‘Living with Lichen Sclerosus’ that explored the experience of people with LS using interviews, focus groups, and a survey. She produced a short film based on the interview findings, which is aimed at healthcare professionals to help them understand what it is like to live with LS. Follow Dr. Rees on Instagram and Twitter as @drsophierees

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Timestamps for Missed Opportunities and Vulvar Lichen Sclerosus

0:00 – Introduction

2:20 – What motivated Sophie to work in vulvar health and what drives her to continue in this field

6:00 – What is qualitative research

10:20 – What motivated the study

13:00 – Participants

18:21 – Missed opportunities and lichen sclerosus

34:50 – Living a secret life with lichen sclerosus

45:34 – Living with a chronic condition affecting the vulva

54:18 – Clinical implications of missed opportunities and lichen sclerosus

58:30 – Study limitations

1:00:55 – Summary and outro


In sum, Dr. Rees' work continues to highlight gaps in diagnosis, treatment, and care for folks with VLS. Hopefully, this will lead to more interventions to better support people with VLS.

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