Presentation Title

Is focused electromagnetic field therapy more effective than pelvic floor muscle training in treating stress urinary incontinence?

Start Date

April 2020

End Date

April 2020

Major Field of Study

Nursing

Student Type

Undergraduate

Faculty Mentor(s)

Patricia Harris, PhD, RN, CNS

Presentation Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Description

INTRODUCTION: Stress urinary incontinence, an involuntary loss of urine during physical exertion or effort, affects a disproportionately large number of women worldwide. Although pelvic floor muscle training is the first-line treatment for urinary incontinence, long term adherence is low, and therefore, it usually is not an effective treatment. Medications may be costly and aren’t always effective; surgery is invasive and often not appropriate. This condition warrants further studies to find more effective solutions.

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether or not focused electromagnetic field therapy is more effective than pelvic floor muscle training in treating stress urinary continence.

PROPOSAL FOR FURTHER RESEARCH: This will be a randomized, longitudinal, quantitative clinical trial with women who have stress urinary incontinence. Surveys will be created to analyze the severity and frequency of stress urinary incontinence. Two random groups will follow either a pelvic floor muscle training therapy or an electromagnetic field therapy over the course of one year; analysis via the survey will be performed before therapy, at six months, and at the end of therapy. Two hundred fifty participants will be recruited from gynecologists within the Bay Area of Northern California for this proposed study.

Keywords: focused electromagnetic field, pelvic floor muscle training, stress urinary incontinence

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This presentation was accepted for the Scholarly and Creative Works Conference at Dominican University of California. The Conference was canceled due to the Covid-19 Pandemic

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Is focused electromagnetic field therapy more effective than pelvic floor muscle training in treating stress urinary incontinence?

INTRODUCTION: Stress urinary incontinence, an involuntary loss of urine during physical exertion or effort, affects a disproportionately large number of women worldwide. Although pelvic floor muscle training is the first-line treatment for urinary incontinence, long term adherence is low, and therefore, it usually is not an effective treatment. Medications may be costly and aren’t always effective; surgery is invasive and often not appropriate. This condition warrants further studies to find more effective solutions.

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether or not focused electromagnetic field therapy is more effective than pelvic floor muscle training in treating stress urinary continence.

PROPOSAL FOR FURTHER RESEARCH: This will be a randomized, longitudinal, quantitative clinical trial with women who have stress urinary incontinence. Surveys will be created to analyze the severity and frequency of stress urinary incontinence. Two random groups will follow either a pelvic floor muscle training therapy or an electromagnetic field therapy over the course of one year; analysis via the survey will be performed before therapy, at six months, and at the end of therapy. Two hundred fifty participants will be recruited from gynecologists within the Bay Area of Northern California for this proposed study.

Keywords: focused electromagnetic field, pelvic floor muscle training, stress urinary incontinence