As a GP, it can be difficult to find accurate, easy-to-understand information for your patients about prolapse and continence. You may also feel that you do not have the time or resources to find and print off a pamphlet for each female patient who has bladder, bowel or prolapse symptoms.
The International Urogynecological Association has created an extensive library of patient information leaflets that can be found here: Patient Leaflets.
There are leaflets on many conditions and treatment options, including:
- Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP)
- Types of POP repair surgery
- Urinary Tract Infection
- Pelvic Floor Exercises
These leaflets are available in a number of languages, including English, Mandarin, Italian, Spanish and Arabic. They are in question and answer format, and include clear detailed diagrams. These leaflets download as PDFs, so you could save them to your hard drive if you do not have consistent internet access in your clinic.
It is well worth your time to print off the relevant resource for your patients who are suffering from any of these conditions. When your patients are more informed about their health problems:
- They are less likely to suffer undue anxiety due to misunderstanding their condition and treatment
- They are less likely to get unscientific information from non-reputable sources, such as websites with commercial interests in the condition; and therefore less likely to undertake unproven treatments that could make their condition worse
- They are more likely to follow your instructions for care if they truly understand them and understand how they will help
- It will build better communication and more trust between your and your patients
- This will in turn make your patients more likely to return to you for help, rather than turning to unproven alternative therapies
If you are a woman with a prolapse, you can also access these resources directly by using the link above.