Knowledge and Perception of Pelvic Floor Disorders in Asian Women.
Muoser, Celia Anne.
- Submitted in partial fulfillment of the degree MD/MPH at Tufts Public Health and Professional Degree Program. Abstract: Recent studies have shown that the prevalence of pelvic floor disorders may vary with by race/ethnicity and, furthermore, social and cultural factors may play a role in women’s knowledge of these disorders, attitudes towards them, and how to seek help for them. Under the guidance ... read moreof the Tufts Medical Center Division of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery this project was undertaken to 1) examine the literature about awareness of and attitudes towards pelvic floor disorders in minority groups and 2) study the topic in the local Asian population. A literature review was conducted and revealed that some studies have looked at knowledge of pelvic floor disorder in the white, African American, and Hispanic populations in the US, but very little research concerning knowledge and perception of pelvic floor disorders in Asian American women has been conducted. Additionally, preliminary data from a survey administered to Asian women visiting Tufts gynecology clinics revealed that knowledge about both urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse is low in this population. Furthermore, the data showed that few women are asked about symptoms of these conditions by a physician. Final analysis of this survey will help local physicians to assess their patients’ understanding of pelvic floor disorder symptoms and urogynecologic treatment options. This information should be used to develop interventions that focus on improving urogynecologic care for the Asian American population.read less