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Development of a core set of outcome measures for OAB treatment

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Foust-Wright C1,2, Wissig S2, Stowell C2, Olson E2, Anderson A, Anger J3, Cardozo L4, Cotterill N5, Gormley EA6, Toozs-Hobson P7, Heesakkers J8, Herbison P9, Moore K10, McKinney J11, Morse A12, Pulliam S13, Szonyi G14, Wagg A15, Milsom I16.



Standardized measures enable the comparison of outcomes across providers and treatments giving valuable information for improving care quality and efficacy. The aim of this project was to define a minimum standard set of outcome measures and case-mix factors for evaluating the care of patients with overactive bladder (OAB).


The International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM) convened an international working group (WG) of leading clinicians and patients to engage in a structured method for developing a core outcome set. Consensus was determined by a modified Delphi process, and discussions were supported by both literature review and patient input.


The standard set measures outcomes of care for adults seeking treatment for OAB, excluding residents of long-term care facilities. The WG focused on treatment outcomes identified as most important key outcome domains to patients: symptom burden and bother, physical functioning, emotional health, impact of symptoms and treatment on quality of life, and success of treatment. Demographic information and case-mix factors that may affect these outcomes were also included.


The standardized outcome set for evaluating clinical care is appropriate for use by all health providers caring for patients with OAB, regardless of specialty or geographic location, and provides key data for quality improvement activities and research.

Resource: Int Urogynecol J. 2017 Dec;28(12):1785-1793.