Objectives: To describe the methods for the in-person assessment of the RISE FOR HEALTH (RISE) study, a population-based multicenter prospective cohort study designed to identify factors that promote bladder health and/or prevent lower urinary tract symptoms in adult women, conducted by the Prevention of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms Research Consortium (PLUS). Methods and results: A subset of RISE participants who express interest in the in-person assessment will be screened to ensure eligibility (planned n = 525). Eligible consenting participants are asked to complete 15 physical assessments in addition to height and weight, to assess pelvic floor muscle function, musculoskeletal (MSK) status, and pain, and to provide urogenital microbiome samples. Pelvic floor muscle assessments include presence of prolapse, strength, levator attachment integrity (tear) and myofascial pain. MSK tests evaluate core stability, lumbar spine, pelvic girdle and hip pain and function. Participants are asked to complete the Short Physical Performance Battery to measure balance, lower extremity strength, and functional capacity. All participants are asked to provide a voided urine sample and a vaginal swab for microbiome analyses; a subset of 100 are asked to contribute additional samples for feasibility and validation of a home collection of urinary, vaginal, and fecal biospecimens. Results: Online and in-person training sessions were used to certify research staff at each clinical center before the start of RISE in-person assessments. Standardized protocols and data collection methods are employed uniformly across sites. Conclusions: The RISE in-person assessment is an integral portion of the overall population-based RISE study and represents an innovative approach to assessing factors hypothesized to promote bladder health and/or prevent lower urinary tract symptoms. Data collected from this assessment will be used to prioritize future research questions and prevention strategies and interventions. This description of the assessment methods is intended to provide methodologic transparency and inform other researchers who join efforts to understand and improve bladder health.
- musculoskeletal assessment
- pelvic floor