Current use of pelvic organ prolapse quantification by AUGS and ICS members

Thythy Pham*, Alyssa Burgart, Kimberly Kenton, Elizabeth R. Mueller, Linda Brubaker

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Objective: To determine the current use of the pelvic organ prolapse quantification (POP-Q) by members of the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) and the International Continence Society (ICS). Methods: Surgically active members of AUGS and ICS completed a Web-based questionnaire about their use of the POP-Q and included queries regarding respondent's clinical training, surgical experience, and practice setting. Users of POP-Q described their POP-Q use including patient's position, tools used to measure or assist with exposure, use of strain, and bladder volume. Strengths and weaknesses of the POP-Q system were also assessed. Results: The 308 respondents had a median of 8 years (range, 0Y35 years) of independent performance of POP surgery. Most were from the United States (70%), in a shared practice (64%), with at least 2 years of fellowship training (61%), and had trainees participating in patient care (81%). Of the respondents, 76% reported using the POP-Q; however, the technique of POP-Q varied. Of the 24% not using the POP-Q, two-thirds reported past POP-Q use. For these individuals, prolapse description was done using Baden-Walker (57%), descriptive words (38%), or other grades (7%). More than 50% of nonusers reported that the POP-Q is "too time-consuming" or that their "colleagues do not use it." Conclusions: Although most surveyed members of AUGS and ICS are using the POP-Q, we detected variability in the day-to-day practice of POP-Q use. To further advance the communication benefits of the POP-Q, a revision that provides evidence-based guidance may be a worthwhile refinement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-69
Number of pages3
JournalFemale Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2011


  • POP-Q
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Pelvic organ prolapse quantification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Surgery


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