Investigating pregnant women’s and health care professional’s views about knowing their individual risk of future pelvic floor dysfunction: a feasibility study for the UR-CHOICE Randomised Controlled Trial
Collaboration with Glasgow Caledonian University and University of Otago.
Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (PFD) involves problems, such as urinary incontinence, faecal incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, and affects negatively women’s quality of life. In a previous study we developed a way to calculate a woman’s risk of PFD. While working with their healthcare professional (HCP) individual women can use an online calculator to work out their PFD risk score; we call this the UR-CHOICE process. Before we decide to test and see if using the UR-CHOICE process lessens PFD in women after childbirth, we have to understand if it is acceptable to women and the HCPs who will work together with it. Therefore we are proposing a study that uses interviews to explore the acceptability of the UR-CHOICE process from the perspectives of those who would receive it (pregnant women) and those would deliver it (HCPs); and to understand what actions women might take as a result of knowing their risk of PFD.