Training physiotherapists to use the Pelvic Organ Prolapse Quantification (POP-Q) system

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Abstract

Introduction and Hypothesis
The Pelvic Organ Prolapse Quantification system (POP-Q) is an outcome measure used mainly by gynaecologists which has no standardised training package. We hypothesised that a training package consisting of a formal training session and clinical training sessions would allow physiotherapists to be trained to independently perform the POP-Q.

Methods
A training package was designed to train physiotherapists to use the POP-Q system as part of another study. Progress through the training, and instances of additional training were observed. A focus group was conducted to explore the training from the point of view of the physiotherapists, and descriptive themes were reported.

Results
Six physiotherapists with a range of experience in women’s health, attended a formal training session and three or four supervised clinical training sessions. Instances of informal discussion with colleagues, repeated viewing of the American Urogynecological Society POP-Q training DVD, and self-development of 3-d models to demonstrate the POP-Q system were observed. The focus group indicated that the physiotherapists had gained a good conceptual understanding of the POP-Q, but were not always confident when performing the examination. Physiotherapists would have appreciated additional clinical training and the opportunity for discussion with experienced colleagues.

Conclusions
A training package consisting of a formal training session and clinical training sessions, assisted by self-development of 3-d models, was successful in training six physiotherapists to use the POP-Q with a good level of conceptual understanding. Confidence in performing the POP-Q was restricted by the limited opportunities for clinical practice and discussion with colleagues.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPOGP Journal
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017

Keywords

  • training
  • physiotherapists
  • pelvic organ prolapse

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