AUGS-PERFORM: A New Patient-Reported Outcome Measure to Assess Quality of Prolapse Care.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Patient-reported outcomes (PRO) are important for measuring quality of care, particularly for interventions aimed at improving symptom bother such as procedures for pelvic organ prolapse. We aimed to create a concise yet comprehensive PRO measurement tool to assess pelvic organ prolapse care in high-volume clinical environments. Methods: The relevant concepts to measure prolapse treatment quality were first established through literature review, qualitative interviews, and a patient and provider-driven consensus-building process. Extant items mapping to these concepts, or domains, were identified from an existing pool of patient-reported symptoms and condition-specific and generic health-related quality of life measures. Item classification was performed to group items assessing similar concepts while eliminating items that were redundant, inconsistent with domains, or overly complex. A consensus meeting was held in March 2020 where patient and provider working groups ranked the remaining candidate items in order of relevance to measure prolapse treatment quality. After subsequent expert review, the revised candidate items underwent cognitive interview testing and were further refined. Results: Fifteen relevant PRO instruments were initially identified, and 358 items were considered for inclusion. After 2 iterative consensus reviews and 4 rounds of cognitive interviewing with 19 patients, 11 final candidate items were identified. These items map 5 consensus-based domains that include awareness and bother from prolapse, physical function, physical discomfort during sexual activity, pain, and urinary/defecatory symptoms. Conclusions: We present a concise set of candidate items that were developed using rigorous patient-centered methodology and a national consensus process, including urogynecologic patients and providers.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • O'Shea, M; Boyles, S; Bradley, CS; Jacobs, K; McFatrich, M; Sung, V; Weinfurt, K; Siddiqui, NY

Published Date

  • August 2022

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 28 / 8

Start / End Page

  • 468 - 478

PubMed ID

  • 35982987

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC9365262

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2154-4212

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/SPV.0000000000001225


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States