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Functional Status and Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Study looks at prevalence in older women

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.