International Urogynecology Journal

, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 15–25 | Cite as

Measuring outcomes in urogynecological surgery: “perspective is everything”

  • Candace Y. Parker-Autry
  • Matthew D. Barber
  • Kimberly Kenton
  • Holly E. Richter
Review Article


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.


Pelvic floor disorder research Urogynecologic surgical outcomes 



Pelvic floor disorders


Urinary incontinence


Stress urinary incontinence


Conflicts of interest



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Candace Y. Parker-Autry
    • 1
  • Matthew D. Barber
    • 2
  • Kimberly Kenton
    • 3
  • Holly E. Richter
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive SurgeryUniversity of Alabama at BirminghamBirminghamUSA
  2. 2.Center for Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive SurgeryObstetrics and Gynecology and Women’s Health Institute, Cleveland ClinicClevelandUSA
  3. 3.Division of Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology & UrologyLoyola UniversityMaywoodUSA

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