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Pelvic Floor Disorders Knowledge in Pregnant Women

Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg; ePub 2018 Aug 2; Mckay, et al

A lack of knowledge about urinary incontinence (UI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) was observed among pregnant and postpartum women in a recent study, and preconceptional counseling may provide an opportunity for educational intervention. The cross-sectional survey of women receiving antepartum and postpartum care at 9 sites in Connecticut assessed knowledge about UI and POP using the validated Prolapse and Incontinence Knowledge Questionnaire. Researchers found:

  • Surveys from 399 diverse pregnant and postpartum women were included in the analysis.
  • Three quarters of the study population showed a lack of knowledge proficiency about UI and POP (74.2%, 70.6%).
  • Increased odds of lacking POP knowledge proficiency included having a high school diploma/General Education Development/vs bachelor’s degree and never seeing a urologist/urogynecologist vs those who had.
  • Women working in a medical field vs those who did not demonstrated decreased odds of lacking UI and POP knowledge proficiency.

Citation:

Mckay ER, Lundsberg LS, Miller DT, et al. Knowledge of pelvic floor disorders in obstetrics. [Published online ahead of print August 2, 2018]. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. doi:10.1097/SPV.0000000000000604.