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    Guideline linked to reduction in urodynamics testing

    Researchers studying the impact of the 2012 release of the AUA/Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine & Urogenital Reconstruction (SUFU) Adult Urodynamics Guideline have found an association between the guideline’s release and whether or not urologists use urodynamics testing.

    Overall, there was an association with the release of the guideline and reduction of urodynamics performed for diagnosis of overactive bladder, stress urinary incontinence, and mixed urinary incontinence, according to the study’s first author Elizabeth Rourke, DO, MPH, who presented the findings at the SUFU winter meeting in Austin, TX.

    Also see: General urologists less likely to utilize third-line OAB treatments

    “These findings suggest that AUA guidelines, specifically the [Adult] Urodynamics Guideline, were associated with a change in clinical practice in that urologists were less likely to perform unnecessary urodynamics based on the recommendations of the guidelines,” said Dr. Rourke, of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, who worked on the study with Stephen Kraus, MD, and colleagues.

    The study did not find significant differences since the guideline release and use of urodynamics for women undergoing surgery for stress urinary incontinence or mixed urinary incontinence.

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    Lisette Hilton
    Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has written about health care, the science and business of medicine, fitness and wellness ...


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