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Prolapse and Pessary PhD Needs Your Input for Survey

18 November 2016 - 5:38pm

Pessary use for prolapse


Pessaries are widely used in the management of pelvic organ prolapse but the evidence for their use is limited. So much is unknown about them: when, which, with who, by who, why???? This project hopes to be part of the evidence-gathering process about pessaries.


The first survey for this James Lind Alliance (JLA) Priority Setting Partnership (PSP) is now open for all clinicians and women with experience of prolapse to tell us what questions about pessary use for prolapse they want answered by future research.


The James Lind Alliance, set up in 2004, is a non-profit making body funded by the National Institute for Health Research. This PSP will bring together the shared priorities of patients/women, carers and clinicians to ensure that the resulting top 10 priorities chosen by consensus reflect what matters for all those involved.

POGP and the Jo Laycock bursary have helped to fund Kate Lough, specialist physiotherapist in women’s and men’s health, to complete this PSP with the JLA as part of her doctoral research: Making pessary use for prolapse woman-centred and evidence-based.


Kate asks all POGP members to have their say, and add their questions to this first survey. The survey link can be shared with family, friends and patients too. A second survey will rank the questions and a final consensus day with women and clinicians will decide the top 10 mid 2017.

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