Molly C. Dougherty

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This study validates surface EMG as a measure of pelvic muscle and abdominal activity by showing its high correlation to internal pressure data. Using standardized scores, between-subjects correlation of perineal EMG and intravaginal pressure was r = .75, and the correlation of abdominal EMG and intra-abdominal pressure was r = .72. Discriminant validity(More)
Previous research on race differences in health, we believe, has failed to take into account the initial state of health of the respondents. Other research has demonstrated that elders in poor health are more likely to experience a change in their health over time. It is unclear if the greater probability of decline in health observed among African(More)
AIM To assess the efficacy of self-monitoring techniques to reduce urine loss and increase quality of life for women with urinary incontinence. METHODS The design was a two arm, randomized, clinical trial with a wait list control group and 3-week intervention. Participants were 224 community-dwelling women 18 and older with UI. Self-monitoring was(More)
The purpose of this research was to develop an instrument for clinical assessment of the circumvaginal muscles (CVM), to test the reliability of the instrument, and to correlate sample characteristics with this instrument. The 9-point CVM Rating Scale is based on four components: pressure, duration, muscle ribbing, and position of the examiner's finger(More)
AIM To identify factors associated with lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) among female elementary school teachers in Taipei. METHODS This study is a cross-sectional, descriptive study. A total of 520 surveys were distributed to 26 elementary schools in Taipei. Logistic regression was used to identify possible factors related to individual LUTS. (More)
The wide variation in intravaginal pressure measurements of the circumvaginal muscles (CVM) was studied in five subjects under well-controlled conditions. Previous research and clinical observations have indicated that fluctuations in the measurement of intravaginal pressure may be associated with time of day, day of testing, and existing stress factors.(More)
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