The impact of surgical treatment on the mental health of women with obstetric fistula
Article first published online: 28 SEP 2007
RCOG 2007 BJOG An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Volume 114, Issue 11, pages 1439–1441, November 2007
How to Cite
Browning, A., Fentahun, W. and Goh, J. (2007), The impact of surgical treatment on the mental health of women with obstetric fistula. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 114: 1439–1441. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.2007.01419.x
- Issue published online: 28 SEP 2007
- Article first published online: 28 SEP 2007
- Accepted 10 May 2007. Published OnlineEarly 28 September 2007.
- mental health;
- obstetric fistula;
Obstetric fistula is estimated to affect 2 million women worldwide and has considerable social and psychological effects on affected individuals. In this prospective study, 51 consecutive women with obstetric fistula admitted to the Barhirdar Hamlin Fistula Centre in the north of Ethiopia were screened using the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-28) for potential mental health disorder before and 2 weeks after fistula surgery. Prior to surgery, all women screened positive. By 2 weeks after, this had dropped to 36% (P = 0.005). 27% of the 45 women who were cured of their incontinence screened positive, while all 6 of those with severe residual incontinence continued to screen positive. We conclude that surgical treatment of obstetric fistula results in marked improvements in mental heath.