A validated self-administered female pelvic floor questionnaire

Baessler, Kaven, O’Neill, Sheila, Maher, Christopher, & Battistutta, Diana (2010) A validated self-administered female pelvic floor questionnaire. International Urogynecology Journal, 21(2), pp. 163-172.

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Introduction and hypothesis: The aim of this study was to validate a self-administered version of the already validated interviewer-administered Australian pelvic floor questionnaire. Methods: The questionnaire was completed by 163 women attending an urogynecological clinic. Face and convergent validity was assessed. Reliability testing and comparison with the interviewer-administered version was performed in a subset of 105 patients. Responsiveness was evaluated in a subset of 73 women. Results: Missing data did not exceed 4% for any question. Cronbach’s alpha coefficients were acceptable in all domains. Kappa coefficients for the test–retest analyses varied from 0.64–1.0. Prolapse symptoms correlated significantly with the pelvic organ prolapse quantification. Urodynamics confirmed the reported symptom stress incontinence in 70%. The self and interviewer administered questionnaires demonstrated equivalence. Effect sizes ranged from 0.6 to 1.4. Conclusions: This self-administered pelvic floor questionnaire assessed pelvic floor function in a reproducible and valid fashion and due to its responsiveness, can be used for routine clinical assessment and outcome research.

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ID Code: 38962
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Outcome research, Pelvic floor dysfunction, pelvic floor function, questionnaire validation, responsiveness
DOI: 10.1007/s00192-009-0997-4
ISSN: 0937-3462
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Deposited On: 02 Dec 2010 01:12
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:15

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