Twelve-year follow-up of conservative management of postnatal urinary and faecal incontinence and prolapse outcomes

randomised controlled trial

C M A Glazener, C Macarthur, S Hagen, A Elders, R Lancashire, G P Herbison, P D Wilson, The ProLong Study Group

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Abstract

Objective
To determine the long-term (12-year) effects of a conservative nurse-led intervention for postnatal urinary incontinence.

Design
Follow-up of a randomised controlled trial.

Setting
Community-based intervention in three centres (in the UK and New Zealand).

Population
A cohort of 747 women with urinary incontinence at 3 months after childbirth, of whom 471 (63%) were followed up after 12 years.

Methods
Women were randomly allocated to active conservative treatment after delivery (pelvic floor muscle training and bladder training), or to a control group receiving standard care.

Main outcome measures
Prevalence of urinary incontinence (primary outcome) and faecal incontinence, symptoms and signs of prolapse, and performance of pelvic floor muscle training at 12 years.

Results
The significant improvements relative to controls that had been found in urinary incontinence (60 versus 69%; risk difference, RD, −9.1%; 95% confidence interval, 95% CI, −17.3 to −1.0%) and faecal incontinence (4 versus 11%; RD −6.1%; 95% CI −10.8 to −1.6%) at 1 year did not persist for urinary incontinence (83 versus 80%; RD 2.1%; 95% CI −4.9 to 9.1%) or faecal incontinence (19 versus 15%; RD 4.3%; 95% CI −2.5 to 11.0%) at the 12–year follow up, irrespective of incontinence severity at trial entry. The prevalence of prolapse symptoms or objectively measured pelvic organ prolapse also did not differ between the groups. In the short term the intervention motivated more women to perform pelvic floor muscle training (83 versus 55%), but this fell in both groups by 12 years (52 versus 49%).

Conclusions
The moderate short-term benefits of a brief nurse-led conservative treatment for postnatal urinary incontinence did not persist. About four-fifths of women with urinary incontinence 3 months after childbirth still had this problem 12 years later.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)112-120
Number of pages9
JournalBJOG-An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Volume121
Issue number1
Early online date22 Oct 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014

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Fecal Incontinence
Prolapse
Urinary Incontinence
Randomized Controlled Trials
Pelvic Floor
Muscles
Nurses
Parturition
Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Conservative Treatment
New Zealand
Signs and Symptoms
Urinary Bladder
Confidence Intervals
Control Groups

Keywords

  • bladder training
  • faecal incontinence
  • pelvic floor dysfunction
  • pelvic floor muscle training
  • pelvic organ prolapse
  • randomised controlled trial
  • urinary incontinence

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Twelve-year follow-up of conservative management of postnatal urinary and faecal incontinence and prolapse outcomes : randomised controlled trial. / Glazener, C M A; Macarthur, C; Hagen, S; Elders, A; Lancashire, R; Herbison, G P; Wilson, P D; The ProLong Study Group.

In: BJOG-An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Vol. 121, No. 1, 01.2014, p. 112-120.

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Glazener, C M A ; Macarthur, C ; Hagen, S ; Elders, A ; Lancashire, R ; Herbison, G P ; Wilson, P D ; The ProLong Study Group. / Twelve-year follow-up of conservative management of postnatal urinary and faecal incontinence and prolapse outcomes : randomised controlled trial. In: BJOG-An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. 2014 ; Vol. 121, No. 1. pp. 112-120.
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