P-QOL: A validated questionnaire to assess the symptoms and quality of life of women with urogenital prolapse

G. Alessandro Digesu, Vik Khullar, Linda Cardozo, Dudley Robinson, Stefano Salvatore

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To develop a simple, valid, reliable questionnaire to assess the severity of symptoms and their impact on the quality of life in women with urogenital prolapse. Women recruited from gynaecology outpatient clinics were asked to complete a prolapse quality of life questionnaire (P-QOL) before their hospital visit. At the time of the visit, they were examined supine using the International Continence Society (ICS) prolapse score (POP-Q). A second P-QOL was posted and completed by patients 2 weeks later. The validity was assessed by measuring levels of missing data, comparing symptom scores between affected and asymptomatic women and comparing symptom scores with objective prolapse stages. The internal reliability was assessed by measuring the Cronbach alpha coefficient; 155 symptomatic and 80 asymptomatic women were studied. Severity according to P-QOL strongly correlated with the vaginal examination findings (p 0.5). The total scores for each P-QOL domain were significantly different between symptomatic and asymptomatic women (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)176-181
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Urogynecology Journal and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2005



  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Quality of life
  • Questionnaire

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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