Benefit of a nurse-led telephone-based intervention prior to the first urogynecology outpatient visit: a randomized-controlled trial

Maria Jimènez Torres, Klara Beitl, Julia Hummel Jimènez, Hanna Mayer, Sonja Zehetmayer, Wolfgang Umek*, Nikolaus Veit-Rubin

*Corresponding author for this work

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Introduction and hypothesis: Triage has become a valid tool to reduce workload during the first consultation in a specialized clinic. A nurse-led telephone intervention prior to the first urogynecologic visit reduces visit duration and increases patients’ and physicians’ satisfaction. Methods: All patients scheduled for their very first visit were recruited. They were randomized into an intervention group (prior contact by a specialized urogynecology nurse) and a control group (no contact). The intervention included a questionnaire about history and symptoms. Patients were prompted to complete a bladder diary. Primary outcome was duration of the consultation; secondary outcomes were patients’ and physicians’ satisfaction with the intervention. Results: Fifty-five patients were allocated to the intervention group and 53 to the control group with no difference regarding age, BMI, parity, menopausal status and primary diagnosis. Mean duration of the telephone call was 10.8 min (SD 4.4). The consultation was significantly shorter in the intervention group than in the control group (mean difference: 4 min and 8 s, p = 0.017). In the intervention group, 79% of the patients found the consultation quality “excellent,” 86% would return, and 77% would recommend our clinic to a relative or friend compared with 68%, 67% and 66%, respectively, in the control group. Physicians were “very satisfied” or “satisfied” with the patient preparation. Conclusions: A nurse-led intervention reduces the duration of the first uroynecologic consultation and is associated with high patient and physician satisfaction. Further research should evaluate whether it also decreases the number of follow-up visits and further referrals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1489-1495
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Urogynecology Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Nurse-led interview
  • Overactive bladder
  • Pelvic floor disorders
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Referral and consultation
  • Telephone interview

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Urology


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