ON THE SUNDAY prior to the start of the official ICS programme, a morning session was organised by physiotherapists for clinicians with an interest in the work of physiotherapists. After an explanation of what the physiotherapist actually does by Marjan Rakers, audience questions were addressed in case reports by Fetske Hogen Esch. Marijke Slieker then discussed different ways of organising pelvic floor education for local physiotherapy; the session ended with interactive discussion in which urologist Ragi Doggweiler also participated.
The 7th Physiotherapy Round Table was held on the Sunday afternoon. After reports from the different committees, pelvic organ prolapse (POP) was the focus topic. Marijke Slieker presented results of her PhD study on POP, while Suzanne Hagen, Helena Frawley and Kari Bø presented the multicentre trial that has just started in Scotland, Australia and Norway on the effect of pelvic floor physiotherapy in POP. Discussion followed, in particular on muscle physiology and training programmes for pelvic floor musculature. A delegation of pelvic floor physiotherapists visited several rehabilitation centres in Cairo and also the School of Physiotherapy at Cairo University. They were greatly impressed by the hospitality and the motivating discussions at the different centres.
On the Monday evening, the new ICS Physiotherapy Committee held its inaugural meeting and all physiotherapists who have been participating in different ICS committees joined together with the new Chair Marijke van Kampen.
Marijke Slieker-ten Hove
ICS Physiotherapy Committee