International use of the Pelvic Organ Prolapse Symptom Score (POP-SS): results on an online survey

Suzanne Hagen, Michelle Ierna, Helena Frawley

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Abstract

We describe an evaluation of the international use of the Pelvic Organ Prolapse Symptom Score (POP-SS). An online survey was sent to 149 individuals who had previously requested the POP-SS and 35% responded. Ninety percent confirmed that they used the POP-SS, of which 93% were physiotherapists and 51% were located in the UK, with the remainder split between Australia, Ireland, USA and the continents of Africa, North and South America and Asia. Eighty-nine percent used the POP-SS to monitor patients’ prolapse symptoms, 78% to share information with patients, 60% to share information with clinicians and 40% to help make treatment decisions. Seventy-one percent included the POP-SS in patient records, 44% in audit and evaluation processes, and 18% in local clinical guidelines for the management of prolapse. With respect to the benefits of using the POP-SS in routine clinical care, 73% reported that clinical practice had improved, whilst 42% reported that it improved patient outcomes. Finally, 57% of users confirmed that they used the POP-SS in their research. The findings suggest that the POP-SS has global reach and is commonly used in high income countries to monitor patient symptoms of prolapse and to share information with patients, but is also reaching a number of lower and middle income countries as prolapse services begin to expand. Increased use of this brief validated symptom score would be beneficial.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 13 Oct 2020

Keywords

  • pelvic organ prolapse, symptoms, outcome measure, online survey, impact

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