International Urogynecology Journal

, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 15–25

Measuring outcomes in urogynecological surgery: “perspective is everything”

Authors

  • Candace Y. Parker-Autry
    • Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive SurgeryUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Matthew D. Barber
    • Center for Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive SurgeryObstetrics and Gynecology and Women’s Health Institute, Cleveland Clinic
  • Kimberly Kenton
    • Division of Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology & UrologyLoyola University
    • Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive SurgeryUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham
Review Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00192-012-1908-7

Cite this article as:
Parker-Autry, C.Y., Barber, M.D., Kenton, K. et al. Int Urogynecol J (2013) 24: 15. doi:10.1007/s00192-012-1908-7

Abstract

Over 10 years have passed since the first US National Institutes of Health consensus panel considered the standardization of definitions of pelvic floor conditions and the criteria utilized for reporting pelvic floor research study outcomes. The literature is replete with pelvic floor outcome studies; however, a consistent standardized approach to the evaluation of patients and characterization of outcomes is still needed. The purpose of this overview is to describe how the use of outcome measures has evolved over time and to attempt to help readers utilize the best measures for their clinical and research needs.

Keywords

Pelvic floor disorder researchUrogynecologic surgical outcomes

Abbreviations

PFDs

Pelvic floor disorders

UI

Urinary incontinence

SUI

Stress urinary incontinence

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