Functional limitations, especially in strength and body mobility, were highly prevalent in older women with pelvic organ prolapse, according to a cross-sectional study of 890 women aged ≥65 years with pelvic organ relapse. Study results determined:
• The prevalence of functional limitations was 76.2% in strength, 44.9% in upper, and 65.8% in lower body mobility, 4.5% in activities of daily living, and 13.6% in instrumental activities of daily living.
• Limitations were more prevalent in women with poor or fair health statues than in women with good health status, including 91.5% vs 69.9% in strength, 72.9% vs 33.5% in upper, and 88.0% vs. 56.8% in lower body mobility, 11.6% vs 0.9% in activities of daily living, and 30.6% vs 6.7% in instrumental activities of daily living.
• The odds of all functional limitations also increased significantly with advancing age.
Citation: Sanses TVD, Schlitz NK, Couri BM, et al. Functional status in older women diagnosed with pelvic organ prolapse. [Published online ahead of print December 16, 2015]. Am J Obstet Gynecol. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2015.11.038.