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Quality of Life Questionnaires for the Assessment of Pelvic Organ Prolapse: Use in Clinical Practice

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  • Ahmed AL-BADR

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    • Department of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery, Women's Specialized Hospital, King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Correspondence: Ahmed Al-Badr, Department of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery, Women's Specialized Hospital, King Fahad Medical City, PO Box 59046, Riyadh 11525, Saudi Arabia. Tel: +966 1 2889999 (ext. 3123/3030); Fax: +966 1 4805173. Email: ahmed@albadr.com

Abstract

Over the past decade, the use of quality of life (QOL) questionnaires in the evaluation of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) has become a standard part of most clinical studies. Investigators have attempted to correlate QOL scores with objective findings and treatment efficacy and as outcome measures in comparing different treatment modalities. Many of the QOL questionnaires are available in short forms, making them easier to adapt to clinical settings. This article includes an overview of several validated QOL questionnaires and their application in studies whose results provide useful guidelines for health care professionals who diagnose and manage women with POP.

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