International Urogynecology Consultation: Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROs) use in the evaluation of patients with pelvic organ prolapse

Sara Cichowski, Magdalena Emilia Grzybowska, Gabriela E. Halder, Sierra Jansen, Daniela Gold, Montserrat Espuña, Swati Jha, Ahmed Al-Badr, Abdelmageed Abdelrahman, Rebecca G. Rogers

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Introduction and hypothesis: Patient-reported outcome measure instruments include patient-reported outcomes (PROs) and patient-reported goals (PRGs), which allow practitioners to measure symptoms and determine outcomes of treatment that matter to patients. Methods: This is a structured review completed by the International Urogynecology Consultation (IUC), sponsored by the International Urogynecological Association (IUGA). The aim of this working group was to evaluate and synthesize the existing evidence for PROs and PRGs in the initial clinical work-up/evaluation and research arena for patients with pelvic organ prolapse (POP). Results: The initial search generated 3589 non-duplicated studies. After abstract review by 4 authors, 211 full texts were assessed for eligibility by 2 writing group members, and 199 studies were reviewed in detail. Any disagreements on abstract or full-text articles were resolved by a third reviewer or during video meetings as a group. The list of POP PROs and information on PRGs was developed from these articles. Tables were generated to describe the validation of each PRO and to provide currently available, validated translations. Conclusions: All patients presenting for POP should be evaluated for vaginal, bladder, bowel and sexual symptoms including their goals for symptom treatment. This screening can be facilitated by a validated PRO; however, most PROs provide more information than needed to provide clinical care and were designed for research purposes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2603-2631
Number of pages29
JournalInternational Urogynecology Journal
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2022


  • Patient-reported goals
  • Patient-reported outcomes
  • Quality of life measures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Urology


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