Department of
Obstetrics and Gynecology


Current projects

SHOW And TELL: Using The Survey Of The Health Of Wisconsin For Tracing Engagement In LUTS Learning
Sponsor: NIH/ NIDDK 1U01DK106786 (Sub-Award from PLUS Consortium)

This work will provide insight to tailor future prevention interventions based on how girls and women participate with and educational intervention that encourages bladder self care through behavioral modifications. This information is important for future studies and helping determine how to target populations and maximize, dissemination, impact and reach of other educational health interventions.

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Reach And Teach: Translating " Mind Over Matter: Healthy Bowels, Healthy Bladder" For Digital Delivery
Sponsor: ICTR Dissemination and Implementation Research Award

This project will use participatory ergonomics to adapt Mind Over Matter, Healthy Bowels, Healthy Bladder (MOM), an evidence-based in-person health promotion program, to an electronic program, Our primary objective is to compare eMOM’s reach when implemented by community agencies versus via mass media; we will also gather preliminary data on effectiveness using a type 3 hybrid study design. Expected outcomes include an electronic continence promotion program with a high likelihood of effectiveness; and information about which implementation strategies maximize the reach and impact of eHealth interventions for older women, to support a highly competitive D&I grant application submission. Media Highlights:

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Community-Based Continence Promotion: Mind Over Matter; Healthy Bowels, Healthy Bladder (MOM)
Sponsor: WPP PERC New Investigator Award (233 PRJ 25DJ)

Mind Over Matter: Healthy Bowels, Healthy Bladder (MOM) is a community-based workshop for older Wisconsin women that builds skills and self-efficacy to control incontinence symptoms through exercises and lifestyle changes, and provides tools to talk to a doctor if these changes don’t cure symptoms. This project aims to test MOM’s effectiveness using a rigorous randomized, controlled trial (RCT) study design and to develop an implementation toolkit that will allow busy senior centers to more easily consider and incorporate MOM into their programming. Media Highlights: Rapaport L. Behavior modification program can improve incontinence. Reuters Health News September 12, 2019 (Retrieved 10/29/19 from: Short oral podium presentation at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the International Continence Society, Gothenburg, Sweden, September 4, 2019.

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Pelvic Floor Disorders Registry - Research (PFDR-R): National Patient Registry For Treatment Of Pelvic Floor Disorders
Sponsor: The American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS):

The Pelvic Floor Disorders Registry (PFDR) is the American Urogynnecolegic Society's (AUGS) national registry for patients undergoing treatment for pelvic floor disorders. The registry aims to provide evidence for the best medical practices for the advancement of public health with respect to treatments available for pelvic floor disorders (PFDs) to ultimately improve the quality of care for women with these conditions.

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Transforming Community-Based Urinary Continence Promotion: The Bowel Movement
Sponsor: NIH/NIDDK K12 DK100022

This project involves adaptation and pilot-testing of a continence promotion program delivered in the community setting for older US women coupled with training in community outcomes research and dissemination and implementation science for the Scholar. The primary goals for the K12 program are to train MD, DVM, and PhD scholars at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with the skills necessary to establish successful careers as independent researchers studying benign urology.

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Solution For Leakage Through An Innovative Pessary (SLIP)
Sponsor: Intramural Departmental Research Award

This project involves phase 1 testing of an intravaginal device to improve stress urinary incontinence designed by undergraduate bioengineering students through a partnership with consultant physicians Sarto and Brown.

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