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Paper Submission in Neurourology and Urodynamics

Paper Submission in Neurourology and Urodynamics

We are happy to announce that Dr. Chantal Dumoulin’s research chair in Urogynecological Health and Aging successfully submitted their paper in Neurourology and Urodynamics

AIMS

To discuss the advantages and setbacks of the different PFM dynamometers available, both in research and industry, and to present the extent of variation between them in terms of structure, functioning, psychometric properties and assessment procedures.

METHODS

We identified relevant studies from four databases (MEDLINE, Compendex, Web of Science, and Derwent Innovations Index) up to December 2020 using terms related to dynamometry and PFM. In addition, we conducted a hand search of the bibliographies of all relevant reports. Peer-reviewed papers, conference proceedings, patents and user’s manuals for commercial dynamometers were included and assessed by two independent reviewers.RESULTS: 101 records were included and 23 PFM dynamometers from 15 research groups were identified. From these 20 were considered as clinical dynamometers (meant for research settings) and three as personal dynamometers (developed by the industry). Overall, significant heterogeneity was found in their structure and functioning, which limits development of normative data for PFM force in women. Further research is needed to assess the psychometric properties of PFM dynamometers and to standardize assessment procedures.

CONCLUSION

This review highlights the need to establish a standardization of PFM force assessment to ensure the reproducibility of results and allow the establishment of normalized data. Recommendations for both existing dynamometers and new dynamometers are presented.