Knowledge and Screening Practices for Pelvic Floor Disorders among Multiple Provider Specialties at an Academic Hospital
•Pelvic floor disorders (PFDs) affect a growing number of women in the United States. Pelvic organ prolapse and other PFDs can greatly impact the quality of life of those affected.
•Patient underreporting of PFDs is common, and healthcare professionals may not screen women for PFDs
To assess whether physician specialty, training, and other characteristics affect screening of patients for pelvic floor disorders.
•Practitioner specialty (Gyn and Urology) and higher level of training demonstrated differences in screening rates for PFD (p<0.001 and p=0.04 respectively).
•There was no difference in screening rates based on PFD training in medical school (p=0.33) or residency (p=0.10).
•Practitioners who screened for PFD were more likely to refer for PFD (71% vs 38%, p<0.001).
•The top specialties to which respondents referred were Urogynecology (62.3%), Pelvic Pain (14.8%), Gynecology (12.3%) and Urology (9.8%).