16 weeks to receive their allocated treatment. After 2 years, there was no difference between the groups in the severity of women’s urinary incontinence.
Women in both groups varied in how much exercise they managed to do. Some managed to exercise consistently over the 2 years and others less so. There were many factors (other than the treatment received) that affected a woman’s ability to exercise. Notably, women viewed the therapists’ input very positively.
The therapists reported some problems fitting biofeedback into the appointments, but, overall, they delivered both treatments as intended. Women carried out exercises at home and many in the biofeedback pelvic floor
muscle training group also used biofeedback at home; however, for both groups, time issues, forgetting and other health problems affected their adherence. There were no serious complications related to either treatment. Overall, exercise plus biofeedback was not significantly more expensive than exercise alone and the quality of life associated with exercise plus biofeedback was not better than the quality of life for exercise alone. In summary, exercises plus biofeedback was no better than exercise alone. The findings do not support
using biofeedback routinely as part of pelvic floor exercise treatment for women with urinary incontinence.
|Number of pages||168|
|Journal||Health Technology Assessment|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 20 May 2019|
- pelvic floor muscle training