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Enhancing Behavioral Treatment for Women With Pelvic Floor Disorders

The purpose of this proposal is to test a novel behavioral treatment - Unified Protocol Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (UP-CBT)1 - to enhance quality of life in women with pelvic floor disorders. Emotional distress is treatable using behavioral procedures, and effective treatment would increase women's emotional health and help to reduce urinary symptoms (e.g., incontinence, frequent urination). Women with pelvic floor disorders are often seen in the urogynecology clinic, which makes this setting ideal for offering additional interventions that may improve their quality of life. Unfortunately, many women with pelvic floor disorders may not receive effective behavioral treatment, such as cognitive behavior therapy, because urogynecologists and other medical professionals may not be aware of providers in their community who offer this treatment. The investigators will enhance treatment options by 1) providing evidence for an all-purpose cognitive-behavioral intervention (i.e., UP-CBT), 2) offering treatment in the urogynecology clinic, maximizing convenience, and 3) improving clinical outcomes for these patients. Specific Aims: To demonstrate that UP-CBT is an effective form of therapy for women with lower urinary tract symptoms. To use baseline characteristics in moderation analyses to determine which women will be most likely to have a good response to therapy. To use mediation analyses to test a possible causal chain of events - Does treatment lead to lower anxiety, which in turn leads to fewer urinary symptoms?

Start: September 2018