Pelvic Floor Disorders Consortium Charter
ASCRS teamed up with experts from multiple subspecialties and societies to create an inclusive Pelvic Floor Disorders Consortium. The Pelvic Floor Disorders Consortium (PFDC) aims to enhance the care of patients with pelvic floor disorders by promoting a scientifically sound, streamlined and multidisciplinary approach towards their care. The Pelvic Floor Disorders Consortium works with appropriate committees representing a variety of disciplines involved in the care of patients with pelvic floor disorders, including the ASCRS Research Foundation, the ASCRS Executive Council and the ASCRS Steering Committee on Pelvic Floor Disorders. PFDC works to promote the care of patients with pelvic floor disorders, create and evaluate educational programs, clinical guidelines and algorithms of care. PFDC proposes to achieve these tasks through clinical collaboration, multidisciplinary consensus and research.
The Pelvic Floor Disorder Consortium aims to:
- Provide a forum within the surgical community for critical discussion on the investigation, diagnosis, and management of pelvic floor disorders.
- Facilitate outreach and exchange of information with other disciplines and with other specialized societies that are currently addressing pelvic floor topics from a non-surgical or non-colorectal perspective.
- Respond to the work being done and positions being taken by these other specialized societies and develop collaborative strategies that properly reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the field.
- Set standards of pelvic floor investigation and management within our subspecialty and within the entire clinical field.
- Support collaborative clinical trials focusing on colorectal topics in the area of pelvic floor disorders.
- Facilitate the international exchange of information on pelvic floor disorders through outreach to similar surgical organizations in Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas.
- Promote research collaborative efforts and have a team that could secure research funding.
- Support education and training on pelvic floor topics during and after colorectal fellowship.
- Provide a platform for patient education.
To become a member of the Pelvic Floor Disorders Consortium you need to first become a member of one professional society that focuses on patients with pelvic floor disorders within your specialty (eg. ASCRS for a colorectal surgeon, AUGS or IUGA for a urogynecologist, ICS or SUFU for a urologist etc). Following this you can join the PFDC without any additional fees by simply registering HERE.
Information on our upcoming meeting to discuss a consensus document focusing on the roles for physical therapy and surgery for posterior compartment disorders can be found HERE