The objective of this study was to study the effect of electronic video education on patient's self-assessed perception of knowledge about pelvic floor disorders in relation to obesity in a prospective randomized controlled trial.
From June to July 2015, women with a body mass index of 25 kg/m2 or higher seeking care at a single urogynecology center were recruited and randomized into either a standard visit with an 8-minute video (group A) or a standard visit control (group B). Randomization was performed with computer-generated number blocks of 4. Allocation sequence was concealed from the caregiver, in sequentially numbered, opaque, and sealed envelopes. Immediately after their visit, patients answered a series of 3 questionnaires, which were statistically analyzed using unpaired t tests, Wilcoxon rank sum and analysis of variance tests, presented as mean and standard deviation. Primary outcome was a difference in self-assessed perception of knowledge questionnaire scores. Secondary outcome was a difference in motivation to lose weight.
Forty-eight women enrolled, and 40 completed all questionnaires, 20 in each group. Representation in both groups was demographically similar. The mean (SD) answers for the postvisit survey measuring participant's self-assessed perception of knowledge was 3.9 (0.8) for group A and 3.5 (1.1) for group B (P = 0.002). Ninety percent of women in group A reported motivation to lose weight, compared with 75% in group B (P = 0.4).
Participants who received electronic video education scored significantly higher on self-assessed perception of knowledge questionnaire about pelvic floor disorders in relation to obesity. The video did not increase motivation to lose weight.
Participants who received electronic video education scored statistically significantly higher on a survey evaluating self-assessed perception of knowledge about pelvic floor disorders in relation to obesity.
From the *Sanford School of Medicine, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD; and
†Avera Medical Group Urogynecology, Sioux Falls, SD.
Correspondence: Tania Padilla Conde, BS, Sanford School of Medicine, University of South Dakota, 1417 S Cliff Ave, Suite 101, Sioux Falls, SD 57105. E-mail: Tania.Padilla@usd.edu.
The authors have declared they have no conflicts of interest.