An International Urogynecological Association (IUGA)/International Continence Society (ICS) joint report on the terminology for reporting outcomes of surgical procedures for pelvic organ prolapse

INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: Standardized terminology has yet to be developed for reporting the outcomes for surgery for pelvic organ prolapse (POP).
METHODS: This report combines the input of the Terminology and Standardization Committees of the International Urogynecological Association (IUGA) and the International Continence Society (ICS) and a joint Working Group on this topic, as well as expert external referees. The aim was to present a standardized terminology for the definitions of surgery and propose a structure for reporting the outcomes of surgical procedures for POP. An extensive drafting and review process was undertaken, as well as open review on both IUGA and ICS websites.
RESULTS: A terminology report was developed outlining the recommended structure for reporting outcomes of surgical trials involving POP. This document does not define success and failure. The report includes patient-reported, subjective and objective outcomes to enable researchers to report on their results and compare them with other studies.
CONCLUSIONS: A consensus-based method for standardizing terminology for reporting outcome measures of POP surgery was developed to aid clinicians working in this area of research.


Toozs-Hobson, Philip Freeman, Robert Barber, Matthew Maher, Christopher Haylen, Bernard Athanasiou, Stavros Swift, Steven Whitmore, Kristene Ghoniem, Gamal de Ridder, Dirk


Journal: International Urogynecology Journal
Volume: 23
Issue: 5
Pages: 527 - 35
Year: 2012
DOI: 10.1002/nau.22238

Further Study Information

Current Stage: Not Applicable
Funding source(s): Not stated

Health Area

Disease Category: Urology

Disease Name: Pelvic organ prolapse (POP)

Target Population

Age Range: Unknown

Sex: Female

Nature of Intervention: Surgery

Stakeholders Involved

- Clinical experts
- Other (unknown)

Study Type

- COS for clinical trials or clinical research


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