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


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.

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Roxana Geoffrion received an unrestricted educational grant from Cook Canada. Jill Milne received unrestricted research funding from Cook Canada.

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Geoffrion, R., Robert, M., Ross, S. et al. Evaluating patient learning after an educational program for women with incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Int Urogynecol J 20, 1243–1252 (2009).

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