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e-PAQ is an on-line pelvic floor assessment questionnaire that you complete in the comfort of your own home.
Have you ever felt embarrassed at having to talk about personal issues in front of a strange doctor? Do you ever feel that you don’t have enough time to explain your problems in detail? Do you ever come out of an appointment with a doctor and wish you had said so much more? Well there is a solution to all of these problems. e-PAQ is an on-line pelvic floor assessment questionnaire that you complete in the comfort of your own home. You then print off a report to take to the hospital or surgery when you see your doctor.
It was created by Mr Stephen Radley, a Gynaecologist from Sheffield, in response to his frustrations that it was difficult to get all the information he required from patients in short clinical appointments. It is now used in many hospitals across the world and many NHS hospitals are now receiving funding from the Department of Health to introduce it.
e-PAQ asks you to answer a number of simple questions about your pelvic floor problems and then asks you how troublesome each of those symptoms is to you. From this information, it generates a report that diagnoses what your complaint is and how severe it is. More importantly, it tells your doctor how much impact each symptom is having on your quality of life.
e-PAQ has been rigorously tested and researched to make sure it is accurate and user-friendly. Surveys have shown that most women find e-PAQ valuable, in particular reporting that e-PAQ helps with communication. Women also find e-PAQ relevant, easy to use, not unduly burdensome and even enjoyable. BBC Look North featured e-PAQ in their Health & Family section and the Yorkshire Post featured one woman’s experience of using e-PAQ in an on-line clinic in Sheffield rather than actually attending the hospital - http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/localnews/Treatment-without-the-blushes-at.6037064.jp
To use e-PAQ yourself all you have to do is to log onto www.epaq-online.co.uk and register your details. You can then begin to answer the questions. The questionnaire takes between 10 and 25 minutes to complete, depending on the complexity of your problems. You will be asked questions on your bladder, bowel, vagina and any sexual problems. You can opt out of any questions you don’t feel comfortable answering but the more questions you answer, the more detailed your report will be and the more your doctor will be able to help you.
Completing the questionnaire and printing off the main report is free but for a £10 payment via PayPal, you can print off your detailed responses to the questions, find out more about the symptoms you are suffering from and learn more about other related medical conditions you may have. You can then also store your epaq-online questionnaire responses for up to two years.
If your doctor or physiotherapist wishes to know more about how they can use e-PAQ in their own clinics then they can visit www.epaq.co.uk.