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Int Urogynecol J. 2011 Aug;22(8):937-46. doi: 10.1007/s00192-011-1382-7. Epub 2011 Mar 4.

Goal attainment scaling in patients with lower urinary tract symptoms: development and pilot testing of the Self-Assessment Goal Achievement (SAGA) questionnaire.

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  • 1Loyola University Chicago, 2160 South First Ave., Building 103, Room 1004, Maywood, IL 60153, USA. lbrubaker@lumc.edu

Abstract

INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS:

The Self-Assessment Goal Achievement (SAGA) questionnaire was developed to identify treatment goals and assess goal-achievement in patients with lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS).

METHODS:

This study consisted of (1) gathering information on goal setting/attainment concepts, (2) goal elicitation (n = 41 patients with LUTS), (3) cognitive debriefing of draft questionnaire (n = 11), and (4) pilot testing (n = 104).

RESULTS:

SAGA consists of baseline (goal-assessment; ranking) and follow-up (goal-achievement) modules. In addition to goals most frequently mentioned, patients can list up to five open goals. Goals most commonly reported as "very important" in pilot testing included reducing urgency (72%), incontinence (65%), and nocturia (64%). Treatment goals spontaneously reported as "very important" were reducing incontinence (45%), nocturia (40%), and frequency (26%).

CONCLUSIONS:

SAGA may be used to identify treatment goals and assess goal-achievement in patients with LUTS in the clinic and for research (with additional validation). This information may promote patient-physician interaction and help patients establish realistic treatment goals, which may in turn improve treatment adherence and outcomes.

PMID:
21373818
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