Evaluating patient learning after an educational program for women with incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse
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Introduction and hypothesis
This study investigated changes in participant knowledge, symptoms, and condition-specific quality of life after a 2.5-h nurse-ran workshop on pelvic floor health.
Data were collected prospectively on a convenience cohort of 51 women who completed questionnaires before, immediately after, and 3 months after the workshop.
Participant response rate for questionnaire completion at 3 months was 83%. The median preworkshop knowledge score was 28/39 and median scores immediately postworkshop and at 3 months were 36/39 and 33/39. Knowledge scores were significantly higher immediately postworkshop (p < 0.01) and 3 months post (p < 0.01) when compared with knowledge scores preworkshop. Symptom and quality-of-life scores significantly improved from baseline to 3 months (Pelvic Floor Impact Questionnaire: mean difference = 14.2, p = 0.005, 95% confidence interval (CI) 4.7–23.8; Pelvic Floor Distress Inventory: mean difference = 17.4, p < 0.001, 95% CI 8.3–26.5).
Women’s knowledge, symptoms, and quality-of-life scores significantly improved at 3 months compared to baseline preworkshop scores.
KeywordsPatient education Pelvic floor health
Conflicts of interest
Roxana Geoffrion received an unrestricted educational grant from Cook Canada. Jill Milne received unrestricted research funding from Cook Canada.
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