Lessons from a patient experience survey in a randomized surgical trial of treatment of stress urinary incontinence in women

Philippe E. Zimmern, Kimberly J. Dandreo, Larry Sirls, Alice Howell, Lynn Hall, Judy Gruss, Kathy Jesse, Tamara Dickinson, Caren Prather

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Abstract

Introduction and hypothesis To understand the patient burden of study procedures/measures at completion of a randomized controlled trial (RCT) requiring extensive testing and follow-up visits. Methods A survey sent after completing the 2-year visit of an RCT comparing Burch colposuspension and fascial retropubic sling to treat stress urinary incontinence assessed degree of bother for seven study procedures, eight studyrelated factors, and possible motivations to participate in the study. Results A total of 450 study participants (88%) returned the survey. Urodynamic testing was the most bothersome procedure, followed by 24-h pad test and Q-tip test. Selfadministered questionnaires were the least bothersome. Main reasons to participate in the study were to help others, obtain better knowledge about the condition, and be guided by a committed team of investigators/study coordinators. Conclusions At the end of a large multicenter RCT, we learned from a confidential patient survey that the most burdensome activities involved invasive procedures, frequent visits, and multiple forms to fill out.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1273-1278
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Urogynecology Journal
Volume22
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2011

Keywords

  • Outcome measures
  • Patient survey
  • Stress incontinence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Urology

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