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The objective of this proposal is to create a database for obstetric fistula patients at Bwaila Hospital containing their demographics, obstetric history, fistula history, physical exam findings, intraoperative and postoperative results. Data collection will be prospective starting in 2011 upon institutional review board (IRB) approval to last a minimum of five years and will have a retrospective component tracing back to January 2010. Primary goals of data analysis will be to determine the risk factors for fistula formation, risk factors for poor surgical outcomes and long-term incontinence, social and economic impact of fistula repair, and the ability of various physical exam findings to predict likelihood of successful repair. It is expected that findings will lead to improved surgical management of obstetric fistulas both locally and internationally.
Successful obstetric fistula repair [ Time Frame: 3-months after obstetric fistula repair ]
Successful obstetric fistula repair is defined by having a negative dye test (no leakage of dye into the vagina after dye is infused into the bladder). Factors associated with successful obstetric fistula repair will be evaluated.
Secondary Outcome Measures :
Rates of depression among women undergoing obstetric fistula repair and associated factors [ Time Frame: 3-months after obstetric fistula repair ]
Participants will complete the patient health questionnaire (PHQ)-9, a standardized tool to diagnose depression before and after obstetric fistula repair. Factors associated with post-operative depression will be explored such as HIV, number of living children, and marital status.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
12 Years to 45 Years (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
Participants are women admitted to Bwaila Hospital for repair of obstetric fistulas.