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Optimised gynaecological examination with a new pelvic examination chair
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Research group (Dept. of women´s and children´s health), Reproductive biology. Danderyd Hosp, Dept Obstet & Gynaecol & Clin Sci, SE-18288 Stockholm, Sweden.
Vrinnevi Hosp, S-60379 Norrkoping, Sweden.
Danderyd Hosp, Dept Obstet & Gynaecol & Clin Sci, SE-18288 Stockholm, Sweden.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Research group (Dept. of women´s and children´s health), Reproductive biology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3090-1913
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2019 (English)In: Sexual & Reproductive HealthCare, ISSN 1877-5756, E-ISSN 1877-5764, Vol. 19, p. 84-87Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: The present aim was to contribute to improving the traditional pelvic examination chair with vertical leg support and to evaluate patients' and examiners' experience of a new gyneacological and urological examination chair with heated upholstery.

Study design: A new gynaecological and urological examination chair was constructed with laterally adjustable leg support, a foot-plate and the perineum exposed only during the examination procedure. Patients (n = 131) with or without endometriosis were invited to participate in an anonymous questionnaire survey concerning how they experienced a gynaecological examination.

Main outcome measures: The patients and the gynaecologists who performed the examinations answered questionnaires evaluating the examination procedure in the traditional and in the new gynaecological and urological examination chair, respectively. The questionnaires asked about comfort, heating, integrity and the experience of pelvic examination with vertical or lateral leg support. The examination times were measured with a stopwatch.

Results: The majority of the answers (n = 131) were significantly (p < 0.05-0.001) in favour of the new concept with lateral leg support and with increased comfort and integrity. The average examination time was significantly shortened and the patients more relaxed in the new gynaecological and urological examination chair.

Conclusion: The traditional gynaecological chair with vertical leg support has remained basically unchanged for many years. The present study showed that the pelvic examination procedure can be significantly optimized with easy patient-friendly adaptations.

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2019. Vol. 19, p. 84-87
Keywords [en]
Pelvic examination chair, Leg support, Comfort, Questionnaire, Examination
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Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-383882DOI: 10.1016/j.srhc.2019.01.001ISI: 000465365500014PubMedID: 30928140OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-383882DiVA, id: diva2:1319104
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Vinnova, 2015-03834Available from: 2019-05-29 Created: 2019-05-29 Last updated: 2019-05-29Bibliographically approved

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