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Release Date: 06/22/2015

Annetta Madsen, MD, a fellow in the Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, has been awarded a two-year, $25,000 grant through the American Urogynecologic Society Pelvic Floor Disorders Research Foundation for her project entitled “Improving Patient-Centered Care for Pelvic Floor Disorders through Perioperative Peer Support.”

The research project aims to improve the perioperative patient experience for women seeking surgical treatment of pelvic floor disorders.  

“Since health care reform links reimbursement to quality, and patient-centered care has been chosen as an indicator of quality, research on patient-centered outcomes has recently become a priority,” explains Vivian Sung, MD, of the Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery at Women & Infants who also serves as director of urogynecology research and associate professor at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Sung is serving as Dr. Madsen’s mentor for the duration of the project. “The program is aimed at providing and implementing peer-to-peer support programs for women to improve patient-centered care and outcomes for women considering surgery for their pelvic floor disorder.”

Pelvic floor disorders are problems that affect women’s pelvic organs -- the uterus (or womb), vagina, bladder, rectum, and the muscles that surround and support them. The three most common problems are pelvic organ prolapse, and trouble with bladder or bowel control.

The Division of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery at Women & Infants provides consultation, diagnosis and recommendations for treatment and care, offering a range of treatment, both surgical and non-surgical. It is also one of eight sites in the country in the National Institute of Health’s Pelvic Floor Disorders Network. For more information, visit The Division of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery at Women & Infants or call 401-453-7560.

About American Urogynecologic Society
The American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) is the premier non-profit organization representing more than 1,800 members including practicing physicians, nurse practitioners, physical therapists, nurses and health care professionals, as well as researchers from many disciplines, all dedicated to treating female pelvic floor disorders. The AUGS Pelvic Floor Disorders Research Foundation serves the medical profession by supporting promising, innovative research regarding the causes, prevention, cure and treatment of pelvic floor disorders.

About Women & Infants Hospital

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. A major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine, Women & Infants is the 12th largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country and the largest in New England with approximately 8,500 deliveries per year. A Designated Baby-Friendly® USA hospital, U.S.News & World Report 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology and a 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital, in 2009 Women & Infants opened what was at the time the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.

Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is home to the nation’s first mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation’s only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.

Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group and the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.
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