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This poster looks to provide an overview of the results of the capstone project looking to fill a gap in the literature regarding the impact that pelvic floor dysfunction has on the occupational engagement of parous women, and their knowledge of occupational therapy treatment options for pelvic floor dysfunction (Burkhart et al, 2021). Data collection occurred over 2 weeks and the inclusion criteria for this study consisted of parous (having beard children) women, ages 18 to 65, and having at least 1 symptom of pelvic floor dysfunction (i.e., urinary problem, bowel problem, or pelvic organ prolapse). The research questions were, what are common problem areas in occupational performance for parous women diagnosed with pelvic floor dysfunction? How do parous women diagnosed with pelvic floor dysfunction rate their satisfaction related to problem areas in occupational performance? Lastly, what awareness do parous women with pelvic floor dysfunction have of treatment options available to them? Although all areas presented to be problems areas for the participants of this study, the most common problem areas were functional mobility, active recreation, and self-care. The average satisfaction of each occupation was less than a 5.5 out of 10. 84.6% of participants state that they were not at all aware that occupational therapists treat pelvic floor concerns. At least 61.5% of participants rated themselves as not having any knowledge of treatment options concerning their pelvic floor symptoms based on the 1-10-point Likert scale interview.

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University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences


Pelvic floor dysfunction, Pelvic floor, parous, pelvic floor disorder, perception and satisfaction, awareness of treatment options

Medical Subject Headings

Pelvic Floor, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Urinary Incontinence, Women, Occupational Therapy


Occupational Therapy | Women's Health


Poster presented at the Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium held online at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences April 12th-14th, 2022

Qualitative Exploration of the Perception and Satisfaction of Occupational Engagement and Level of Awareness of Treatment options for Parous Women with Pelvic Floor Dysfunction.