Effectiveness of psychological interventions for treating chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome: A protocol for systematic review and meta-analysis.

Chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) is one of the most common diseases in urology, which 50% of men are infected at some point in their lives. Type III CP/CPPS is the most complex and controversial of all types of prostatitis, the highest incidence rate, uncertain efficacy, the long-term treatment that affects the patient's psychopathic symptoms, increases the psychological burden of patients. Psychological intervention for patients with CP/CPPS, which is difficult to treat with drugs and physics, can effectively improve clinical efficacy and improve the psychological condition. The researchers found a high prevalence of psychosocial problems and catastrophic distress in CP/CPPS patients, such as serious mental disorders, especially depression, anxiety and stress, and the high incidence of pain-devastating illness. In this study, we will evaluate psychological interventions as an effective way to relieve chronic prostatitis.

The databases of English databases (PubMed, MEDLINE, EMBASE, Web of Science, Cochrane Library) and Chinese databases (China National Knowledge Infrastructure, China Biology Medicine Database, Wanfang Database, VIP Database) will be retrieved. The search strategy that will be run in the PubMed and tailored to the other database when necessary is presented in this article. RevMan 5.3 and Stata 11.0 will be used for Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. This protocol reported under the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses Protocols (PRISMA-P) statement, and we will report the systematic review by following the PRISMA statement.

The study is a protocol for systematic review and meta-analysis without results, and data analysis will be carried out after the protocol. We will share our findings in the third quarter of 2021.

This systematic review will provide more evidence to assess whether psychological is an effective intervention for patients with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome. Besides, the results will be published in a public issue journal and offer the urologists help to make clinical decisions.

Formal ethical approval is not required in this protocol. We will collect and analyze data based on published research. Since this research does not involve patients, personal privacy will not be affected. The results of this review will be distributed to peer-reviewed journals or submitted to relevant conferences.


Medicine. 2020 Sep 25 [Epub]

Yuanjie Xu, Ling Zhang, Yifeng Shen, Hangyu Yao, Shanshan Yong, Yaodong You

Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine., Hospital of Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China.