Assessing the efficacy of The American Fertility Society's classification of endometriosis: Application of a dose-response methodology

D. S. Guzick, D. S. Bross, J. A. Rock

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Abstract

In order to promote uniform reporting of endometriosis. The American Fertility Society (AFS) recently proposed a classification in which severity was categorized on the basis of both location and extent of disease. The results of this study indicate that the AFS scale poorly specificies the relation between severity of disease and pregnancy outcome after therapy, because of the arbitary point scores assigned to each classification category, and the arbitary cutoff points chosen to divide patients into severity groupings. A nonparametric monotonic estimator, which generate a dose-response relationship betwee AFS score (dose) and pregnancy following treatment (response) is shown to improve the discriminity power of the AFS scale; however, in order to obtain the full benefit of the detail provided by the AFS classification, it is recommended that the current arbitrary individual-category weights be replaced by empirically derived weights.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)171-176
Number of pages6
JournalFertility and Sterility
Volume38
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1982

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