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Quality Improvement & Outcomes Research Network request for site applications
AUGS is looking for high-quality, dedicated Principal Investigators (PI's) and sites interested in participating in the Quality Improvement & Outcomes Research Network (QI-ORN) to perform multi-center projects focused on quality outcomes and safety, resulting in the development, implementation, and publication of quality outcome research studies. This cadre of network members will support the work to develop, implement and maintain relevant quality outcome measures that will be used to improve patient safety and enhance the quality of care for patients with pelvic floor disorders.

The QI-ORN is open to all AUGS physician members who have the interest, knowledge and/or skills in quality improvement and performance research. PI's chosen to participate in the QI-ORN will be required to participate in an in-person meeting held in conjunction with the SGS 2015 Annual Meeting. The network meeting is scheduled to be held on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 from 12:30-7:00 p.m. Eastern at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel.

Details of the budget will be finalized once sites are selected and quality projects are confirmed. The budget will cover a portion of salary and statistical support. We estimate each site will receive up to $12,500 depending on the project. Selected individual clinical sites will enter into a contract with AUGS.

If you are interested in being a principal investigator and site to the Quality Improvement & Outcomes Research Network, please apply no later than Friday, Dec. 12.
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Apply now for the ACS/AUGS year 2015 scholarship
The American College of Surgeons and the American Urogynecologic Society are pleased to announce a shared scholarship open to U.S. members in good standing of both organizations.

This scholarship supports attendance and participation in the "Executive Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management," which will take place May 31- June 6, 2015 at Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts. Additional details are available on the Brandeis University website.

Click here for the requirements for the scholarship. The deadline for receipt of all application materials is February 2, 2015. We anticipate that applicants will be notified of the outcome of the selection committee’s decision by March 31, 2015.

Applications should be submitted as a single PDF via email to:, with "Attn: ACS/AUGS" in the Subject line.

Please address questions to Ms. Kate Early, the ACS Scholarships Administrator, at 312-202-5281, or

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The use of the electromotive drug administration system in patients with overactive bladder: A review of the clinical effectiveness, safety and cost-effectiveness
Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health via PubMed
Overactive bladder is a urological condition characterized by frequent urination, the need to urinate leading to disruption of sleep, and urinating unintentionally with or without urge incontinence. OAB is often associated with overactivity of the bladder detrusor muscle, which represents the most common underlying idiopathic or neurogenic dysfunction. It has been estimated that about one in six adults have OAB, and the prevalence of OAB increases with age.
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Office-based Neuromodulation for OAB
Leslie Wooldridge, GNP-BC, explains how to deliver Urgent® PC in an efficient way with shared or staggered treatments. To view the practice tip: CLICK HERE
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Estimates of the levator ani subtended volume based on magnetic resonance linear measurements
Neurourology and Urodynamics via Wiley
A mathematical formula to estimate the levator ani subtended volume parameter based on magnetic resonance imaging linear measurements from one axial and one sagittal view.
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Can pelvic floor muscle training improve sexual function in women with pelvic organ prolapse? A randomized controlled trial
The Journal of Sexual Medicine via PubMed
Pelvic floor muscle training has level 1 evidence of reducing the size and symptoms associated with pelvic organ prolapse. There is scant knowledge, however, regarding whether PFMT has an effect on sexual function.
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Sexual function in women with anal incontinence using a new instrument: the PISQ-IR
International Urogynecology Journal via Springer
Anal incontinence has been associated with sexual complaints. The Pelvic Organ Prolapse/Incontinence Sexual Questionnaire-IUGA Revised has been validated to measure sexual function in sexually active and non-SA women with pelvic floor disorders including AI. We describe symptoms in women with PFDs including AI using this instrument.
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Predictive factors of stress incontinence after posterior sacral rhizotomy
Neurourology and Urodynamics via PubMed
The Brindley procedure, used since the 1980s, consists of implantation of a stimulator for sacral anterior root stimulation combined with a posterior sacral rhizotomy to enable micturition. Patients suitable for the procedure are patients with detrusor overactivity and a complete spinal cord lesion with intact sacral reflexes. S2 to S4 posterior sacral rhizotomy abolishes sacral hyperreflexia and may lead to decreased urethral closure pressure and loss of reflex adaptation of continence, leading to stress incontinence.
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Urinary incontinence and poor functional status in fragility fracture patients: An underrecognized and underappreciated association
Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery via PubMed
Urinary incontinence affects some 20 percent of community-dwelling older people and 30-60 percent of people in institutional care. UI is known as an independent predictor of falls, and likely impacts fracture rates. The aim of the study was to measure the prevalence of UI in a typical fragility fracture population, to evaluate the relationship of UI with functional disability in the post-acute setting.
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Vascularity of the urethra in continent women using colour doppler high-frequency endovaginal ultrasonography
SpringerPlus via PubMed
Vascularity within the urethral sub mucosa contributes to the normal tension of the urethral mucosal wall. Although transperineal ultrasound has previously been used in the assessment of urethral vascularity, the examination is limited, by the use of low-frequency transducers, as these do not provide accurate visualisation of such a tiny vessels like those of urethra. Moreover, during TPUS, some artefacts could be produced due to excessive pressure on the urethra.
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