There are few quality measures that allow for optimization of care for pelvic organ prolapse (POP). In coordination with the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS), a prior group agreed upon health care provider–reported data elements that are important for large-scale quality measurement. The primary objective was to review existing patient-reported outcome (PRO) measurement tools for POP and consider where improvements are needed for inclusion in a quality measurement tool. A secondary objective was to discuss enhanced strategies to improve the quality of care for women with mesh complications.
The AUGS Scientific Committee convened a 1-day meeting titled “Deciding our Future: Consensus Conference on Prolapse Outcomes and Best Practices for Mesh Complications.” Speakers discussed the current state of POP outcome measurement and meaningful ways of measuring and improving quality. Furthermore, past and future work for standardization of care regarding mesh complications was discussed.
Conference participants included invited speakers, representatives from AUGS and partner societies, 5 patient representatives from the AUGS Patient Advisory Committee, and 38 registered participants from academic institutions, community practices, and industry. Participants developed a roadmap for incorporating PROs into a national POP quality improvement registry. Participants also discussed important gaps in our knowledge of treatment of mesh complications and previewed proposed terminology and treatment algorithms.
Using appropriate methodology, existing PRO measurement tools can be collapsed into one concise tool for POP quality measurement. Over the next year, work will continue toward this goal. Proposed updates to mesh terminology and treatment algorithms will be published separately.