Effect of a Decision Aid on Decision Making for the Treatment of Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2015 Jul-Aug;21(4):231-5. doi: 10.1097/SPV.0000000000000149.


Objectives: The aim of this study was to evaluate if the addition of a decision aid (DA) decreases decisional conflict in women presenting for the management and treatment of pelvic organ prolapse (POP).

Methods: Women scheduled for the evaluation and management of POP were randomized into either of 2 groups: standard counseling (SC) alone (n = 51) or SC plus a DA (n = 53). Upon completion of their initial visit, patients filled out a 16-item decisional conflict scale and short form general health survey. Values were assessed for normality and compared between groups. Normally distributed, continuous data were evaluated with a Student t test. A χ2 test was used to compare selected categorical characteristics between groups. Differences in distributions of low and high decisional conflict were assessed with a Mann-Whitney U test.

Results: One hundred four women were randomized for this analysis. Baseline characteristics, including pelvic prolapse examination measurements, did not significantly differ between groups. The addition of a DA to SC did not significantly lower the level decisional conflict patients faced when deciding on a treatment plan (P = 0.566). There were no significant differences between groups in the following subscores: uncertainty, values clarity, support, effective decision, and informed. In addition, there were no between-group differences in choice of treatment plan (conservative management, pelvic floor physical therapy, pessary, and surgery; P = 0.835).

Conclusions: In this relatively small sample, the addition of a DA to SC for women with POP does not significantly decrease the level of decisional conflict in making treatment-related decisions.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Decision Support Techniques*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse / therapy*
  • Random Allocation