Proficiency and Health-Related Behaviors Regarding Pelvic Organ Prolapse and Urinary Incontinence among Female Personnel in a Private Hospital

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Supaporn Chaisri
Sirirat Sarit-apirak
Umaporn Udomsubpayakul
Jittima Manonai


Background: Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and urinary incontinence (UI) are common problems among women. Healthcare provider’s competence, knowledge and practice skills are associated with quality of care.

Objective: To evaluate the proficiency and health-related behaviors regarding pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence among female hospital personnel, and the association between the proficiency and their practice.

Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted in a private hospital from January to June 2016. A Prolapse and Incontinence Knowledge Questionnaire (PIKQ) was used to evaluate the proficiency regarding POP and UI, while a newly developed, 3-item questionnaire was used to evaluate health-related behaviors. Proficiency was defined as scores of 50% or greater on the POP scale and 80% or greater on the UI scale. Pearson’s correlation was used to determine the correlation between the proficiency and three health-related behaviors.

Results: Two hundred and eight female personnel participated in this survey. Response rate was 52.2%, 70.2% of participants were proficient in POP knowledge, whereas only 24.5% were proficient in UI knowledge. The only factor associated with POP and UI proficiency was healthcare related experience (P < 0.05). There was an association between POP and UI proficiency and all 3 items of health-related behaviors (P < 0.05) except UI proficiency and pelvic floor muscle exercise.

Conclusions: The rate of POP proficiency was moderately, while the proficiency rate of the UI scale was quite low among medical and non-medical personnel working at a private hospital. POP and UI proficiency impacted on health-related behaviors.



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Chaisri, S., Sarit-apirak, S., Udomsubpayakul, U., & Manonai, J. (2017). Proficiency and Health-Related Behaviors Regarding Pelvic Organ Prolapse and Urinary Incontinence among Female Personnel in a Private Hospital. Ramathibodi Medical Journal, 40(4), 11–19. Retrieved from
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