Heidi Brown, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Advanced Pelvic Surgery, published two new articles in high-profile journals!
On Up to Date, the clinical decision support resource site, Brown published “Fecal and anal incontinence associated with pregnancy and childbirth: Counseling, evaluation, and management.”
The extensive resource for clinicians discusses the effects of pregnancy and childbirth on fecal incontinence (FI) and anal incontinence (AI), the approach to obstetric management for these women, and the treatment of FI and AI during pregnancy and postpartum. Check out the whole tool here!
Brown also published an article in the March/April issue of the journal Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery: “Considering Health Literacy: How Do the Pelvic Floor Distress Inventory—Short Form 20 and Pelvic Floor Impact Questionnaire—Short Form 7 Measure Up?”
The study compared the readability and understandability of two commonly used pelvic floor disorder questionnaires, determining that one was significantly more accessible than the other:
“The PFIQ-7 required higher reading ability compared with PFDI-20 (ninth to 11th vs sixth to eighth mean grade level equivalents). Expert and focus group reviews identified concerns regarding purpose, formatting, and word choice in both forms. Focus group participants recommended assistance with questionnaire completion from clinical staff and gave mean overall ratings of 5.4 (0–10/worst to best) for PFDI-20 and 8.0 for PFIQ-7.”
Read the rest of the article here.
Congratulations to the amazing Dr. Brown!