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Patient satisfaction with a multidisciplinary colorectal and urogynaecology service

Abstract

Introduction

Traditionally, the pelvic floor has been described as three separate compartments and problems in each compartment were managed separately. A more contemporary approach is to identify the entire pelvic floor as a single dynamic compartment. Multidisciplinary pelvic floor clinics such as ours with the support of physiotherapy, clinical nurse specialists, urodynamics, and endo-anal ultrasound are uncommon. The aim of this study was to assess patient satisfaction with a joint colorectal and urogynaecology clinic.

Method

All women who attended our service in 2015 were identified. Women who saw both a colorectal surgeon and urogynaecologist at the same clinic were included. The Satisfaction with Outpatient Services questionnaire, a multi-dimensional outpatient survey, was mailed to all women.

Results

A total of 364 new women attended our service in 2015. One hundred thirty-six (35.2%) saw both a colorectal surgeon and urogynaecologist at the same visit. There was a 64% (87/136) response rate to the questionnaire.

Overall, all questions regarding their attendance were responded to positively by 94% (82/87) of women. Confidence and trust in the doctor examining and treating them was reported by all women. Seeing multiple specialists was of benefit to 97% (84/87) of women and 94% (82/87) would recommend the Pelvic Floor Centre.

Conclusion

There is a high level of satisfaction amongst women attending our outpatient service. Being seen by multiple specialities at a single clinic was felt to be of benefit by the majority of women and all expressed physician confidence. Our multidisciplinary service may reduce waiting times, increase satisfaction, and is likely cost-effective.

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O’Leary, B.D., Agnew, G.J., Fitzpatrick, M. et al. Patient satisfaction with a multidisciplinary colorectal and urogynaecology service. Ir J Med Sci 188, 1275–1278 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11845-019-02010-x

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Keywords

  • Multidisciplinary care
  • Patient satisfaction
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Urogynaecology