Navigation Links
Knowledge about incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse lower among women of color
Date:10/29/2013

Knowing what symptoms to look for may help women with pelvic floor disorders improve their chances of successful treatment. But knowledge of these disorders is lacking among most women, and especially among women of color, according to a new study by researchers at Yale School of Medicine.

The study appears in the October issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Insufficient knowledge and misconceptions about pelvic floor disorders, which include urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, and pelvic organ prolapse, are thought to be one of the biggest barriers to seeking care. "If we can improve knowledge about pelvic floor disorders, we may be able to improve outcomes for all women," said corresponding author Marsha K. Guess, M.D.

Pelvic floor disorders are a major public health concern, Guess said, noting that about 25% of women 20 years or older in the United States suffer from at least one of the three most prevalent pelvic floor disorders: urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, and pelvic organ prolapse. Recent epidemiologic studies project that the number of women with these disorders will increase significantly over the next 40 years. The United States spends over $12 billion annually for the management and treatment of urinary incontinence alone, and this number is also expected to rise in the coming years.

Guess and her colleagues conducted a cross-sectional study of 431 women of all ages, races, and socioeconomic levels. They found that over 71% of these women lacked knowledge about urinary incontinence, and 48% lacked knowledge about pelvic organ prolapse. After adjusting for age, race, household income, and education, the researchers determined that African-American women and the combined group of Hispanic, Asian and other non-white women were significantly less knowledgeable about these conditions than their white counterparts.

"Improving knowledge about health problems has proven effective in promoting behavioral change, reducing levels of disease symptoms, and improving compliance with treatment for other chronic diseases," said Charisse Mandimika, a Yale School of Medicine student who was the study's first author. "This study shows that African-American women and non-white groups in general are not benefiting from this knowledge."

The study also found that women with a history of pelvic organ prolapse demonstrated greater knowledge than women who had not had this problem, but women with a history of urinary incontinence did not have more knowledge of the disorder than their unaffected counterparts.

"Another very concerning finding is that the majority of women who experienced urinary incontinence had not received treatment," said Guess. "Culturally sensitive educational interventions are urgently needed to raise awareness, and address these disparities in knowledge head on.


'/>"/>

Contact: Karen N. Peart
karen.peart@yale.edu
203-432-1326
Yale University
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Reproductive biologists move in vitro fertilization knowledge forward
2. New framework to deliver biodiversity knowledge
3. New knowledge about permafrost improving climate models
4. Ag, big data, and traditional knowledge headline the Ecological Society of Americas 2013 Meeting
5. Paving the way for greater use of ancient medical knowledge
6. Disease knowledge may advance faster with CRISPR gene probing tool
7. Growing talent -- schools to provide vital knowledge for food security
8. US and French long-term ecological research networks agree to share knowledge and skills
9. Toward an European open biodiversity knowledge management system
10. Baiting mosquitoes with knowledge and proven insecticides
11. Danish researchers release ground-breaking knowledge about calcium pumps in cells
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/24/2017)... , Feb. 24, 2017  EyeLock LLC, a leader of ... elite iris biometric solution on the latest Qualcomm® ... at Mobile World Congress 2017 (February 27 ... in Hall 3, Stand 3E10. ... Haven™ security platform—a combination of hardware, software ...
(Date:2/21/2017)... PORTLAND, Ore. , Feb. 22, 2017  IBM ... Companies (Avamere Health Services, Infinity Rehab, Signature Hospice, Home ... that will apply the power of IBM cognitive computing ... health centers. By analyzing data streaming from sensors in ... physical and environmental conditions, and obtain deeper learnings into ...
(Date:2/16/2017)... Feb. 16, 2017  Genos, a community for ... it has received Laboratory Accreditation from the College ... presented to laboratories that meet stringent requirements around ... rigorous processes. "Genos is committed to ... practices. We,re honored to be receiving CAP accreditation," ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... February 24, 2017 , ... ... can be safely completed in an ambulatory surgery center (ASC) with satisfactory clinical ... and previous two-year TDR studies. , Jake Lubinski, president of AxioMed, commented ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... SAN DIEGO , Feb. 24, 2017  Aethlon ... the following note authored by its Chairman and CEO, ... address at the Munich Security Conference last Saturday, ... engineered virus could kill more people than nuclear weapons. ... by U.S. and U.K. intelligence agencies, that scientific terrorists ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... 2017 , ... FireflySci, Inc is an explosive small business that continues to ... of bringing their powerful cuvette and spectrophotometer calibration to the spectroscopy world. ... going on as they add yet another mark on the global map. , With ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... NEW YORK , Feb. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... leading digital health company, and Digital Noema ... and remote patient monitoring, announce they are partnering ... DN Telehealth maximizes collaboration compatibility for ... consultations beyond a physical clinical setting to include ...
Breaking Biology Technology: