Prevalence and triage of first contact pelvic floor dysfunction complaints in male patients referred to a Pelvic Care Centre

Bary Berghmans*, Fred Nieman, C. Leue, M. Weemhoff, S. Breukink, G. van Koeveringe

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Aims(i) To describe and analyse pelvic floor dysfunction symptoms in men referred to a Pelvic Care Centre (PCC). (ii) To describe the triage process of the same patients based on response to a first-contact interview. MethodsTriage started with a telephone interview using previously constructed questions, asking for six types of PF complaints during the preceding 6 months. If present, complaint severity was registered on a 0-10 scale. Next, these first-contact complaints were used to describe patient case mix profiles using cross-tabular analysis. Later on, at first PCC visit, an intake questionnaire regarding specific PF health problem(s) was filled out. This procedure contributed to a firm baseline characterization of the individual patient profile and a clinically valid allocation to structured, predefined assessment and treatment. ResultsFrom 2005 to 2013 985 first-time patients (mean age 58.2 years (SD 15.3) have been referred to the PCC. Most frequently mentioned complaints: voiding dysfunctions (73.9%), urinary incontinence (29.5%), sexual problems (16.6%), faecal incontinence (13.9%), constipation (9.6%), and prolapse (0.3%). A first appointment to a single specialist was determined in 805 (81.7%) patients, in 137 (13.9%) consultation of >1 specialist. Data analysis revealed higher-order interactions between PF complaints, suggesting patient profile complexity and patient population heterogeneity. ConclusionsOne out of seven PCC patients showed multifactorial problems, needing >1 specialist. PF complaints either turned out to stand alone or cluster with others, or even to strengthen, weaken, nullify or inverse relationships. Neurourol. Urodynam. 35:487-491, 2016.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)487-491
JournalNeurourology and Urodynamics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016


  • pelvic care centre
  • pelvic floor dysfunctions
  • prevalence of patient complaints
  • multidisciplinary team
  • triage
  • pelvic care nurse

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