Measuring outcomes of importance to women with stress urinary incontinence

Health Economics Research Unit, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK.
BJOG An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology (Impact Factor: 3.86). 05/2009; 116(5). DOI: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.2008.02106.x
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ABSTRACT The PGI has been used to quantify the effect of SUI on the quality of patients’ lives for the first time. The respondents are a self-selected sample of women who had previously been in touch with a patient support charity and who may be considered to be active help-seekers. However, there is no reason to suspect that their experience of SUI and the relative perceived impact of SUI on various aspects of their lives are different from the wider population of women affected. Nearly 70% of respondents successfully completed the questionnaire, a further 9% attempted the PGI but made mistakes in its completion and 22% failed to fully complete the PGI; the majority of these respondents completed stage 1 of the PGI but failed to complete stage 2 or 3. Those respondents who successfully completed the questionnaire were found to be younger, in higher income groups and have a higher level of education. For the PGI to be used as a valid and reliable measure of outcomes of importance to women with SUI and to be able to accurately quantify the effect of SUI on their lives, the response rate and successful completion of the PGI would need to be improved. Of the respondents, 31% had difficulty in completing the questionnaire, and there was also a low response rate to the survey in general (55.9%). To improve this response rate and successful completion, alterations could be made to the layout of the PGI to make it more user-friendly.

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