Following the design, face validation and publication of a novel PDA for women considering SUI surgery, the main objective of the study is to evaluate the usefulness of SUI-PDA© by using a validated tool to obtain patient feedback.

From July 2018 to March 2019, the PDA, already incorporated into the patient care pathway, was objectively evaluated using the Decisional Conflict Scale (DCS) to determine patients’ views. Patients recorded their values and reasons for requests and declines of treatment. The total DCS score, scores from each DCS subgroup and individual patient responses were calculated and analysed.

The mean age of the first 20 patients to complete the DCS was 54 years, the mean BMI was 30.1 and the median parity was 3. The average total DCS score was only 9.29 out of 100 (range 0-29.69) suggesting that the PDA was quite useful for patients considering SUI surgery. Overall, the PDA had largely favourable responses across all five DCS subgroups. The ‘informed’ subgroup had the best score (6.67) while the ‘uncertainty’ subgroup had the least favourable score (14.58). Despite the procedure pause, the mesh tape option remained on the PDA; however, no patient had chosen this option, with a large proportion citing ‘safety’ issues as the main reason. Bulking agent injections were the most popular choice (40.0%) and the most commonly performed procedures (50.0%) mainly because of quicker ‘recovery’. The second most popular participant choice was colposuspension (35.0%) followed by autologous fascial sling (25.0%), with women citing ‘efficacy’ as the main reason behind their choice.

SUI-PDA© was reported by patients and clinicians to be useful with clinical decision-making for SUI surgery. Further validation in a larger patient group is underway.

International urogynecology journal. 2019 Aug 03 [Epub ahead of print]

Hui Ling Ong, Inna Sokolova, Holly Bekarma, Claire Curtis, Alastair Macdonald, Wael Agur, NHS Ayrshire & Arran Continence Multidisciplinary Team

University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK., University Hospital Crosshouse, NHS Ayrshire & Arran, Kilmarnock, UK., University Hospital Ayr, NHS Ayrshire & Arran, Ayr, UK., Person-Centred Health and Care Programme, Healthcare Improvement Scotland, Edinburgh, UK., Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, UK., University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK. .