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New Joint ICS/IUGA Terminology Document for Obstetric Pelvic Floor Disorders

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The ICS Standardisation Steering Committee and the IUGA Terminology and Standardization Committees are pleased to announce a 'Joint report on the terminology for the assessment and management of obstetric pelvic floor disorders' is now available in ICS's Continence journal and IUGA's International Urogynecology Journal.

This report combines the input of members of two International Organizations, the International Continence Society (ICS) and the International Urogynecological Association (IUGA). The process was supported by external referees. Appropriate clinical categories and a sub-classification were developed to give coding to definitions. An extensive process of 12 main rounds of internal and 2 rounds of external review was involved to exhaustively examine each definition, with decision-making by consensus.

Result: A terminology report for obstetric pelvic floor disorders, encompassing 356 separate definitions, has been developed. It is clinically-based with the most common diagnoses defined. Clarity and user-friendliness have been key aims to make it useable by different specialty groups and disciplines involved in the study and management of pregnancy, childbirth and female pelvic floor disorders. Clinical assessment, investigations, diagnosis, conservative and surgical treatments are major components. Illustrations have been included to supplement and clarify the text. Emerging concepts, in use in the literature and offering further research potential but requiring further validation, have been included as an appendix. As with similar reports, interval (5–10 year) review is anticipated to maintain relevance of the document and ensure it remains as widely applicable as possible.

Conclusions: A consensus-based Terminology Report for obstetric pelvic floor disorders has been produced to support clinical practice and research.

Below are links to the report in both journals:

Continence (2022):
Int Urogynecol J (2022):

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