International Urogynecology Journal

, Volume 20, Issue 10, pp 1243–1252 | Cite as

Evaluating patient learning after an educational program for women with incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse

  • Roxana GeoffrionEmail author
  • Magali Robert
  • Sue Ross
  • Daniela van Heerden
  • Grace Neustaedter
  • Selphee Tang
  • Jill Milne
Original Article


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.


Patient 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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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roxana Geoffrion
    • 1
    Email author
  • Magali Robert
    • 2
  • Sue Ross
    • 2
  • Daniela van Heerden
    • 2
  • Grace Neustaedter
    • 2
  • Selphee Tang
    • 2
  • Jill Milne
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Urogynecology, Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyUniversity of British Columbia, St. Paul’s HospitalVancouverCanada
  2. 2.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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