Home Versus Office Biofeedback Therapy for Fecal Incontinence

Study Description: Biofeedback therapy is a labor-intensive, multi-disciplinary, team approach for the management of patients with FI. It is not easily available to the vast majority of patients in the community with this problem. It is therefore imperative that a more pragmatic therapeutic approach that can be administered easily in the community ought to be developed. However, whether a treatment program that is based on home-training can be just as useful as office-based training has not been evaluated. The purpose of this study is to assess whether having patients train their pelvic floor muscles at home is as effective as in-office biofeedback training.

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Principal Investigator: Satish Rao

Eligibility Criteria: Inclusion criteria: a) Recurrent episodes of FI for 6 months; b) No mucosal disease (colonoscopy + biopsy within 10 years); and c) On a 2-week stool diary patients reported at least one episode of solid or liquid FI/week.

Compensation: Yes, subjects will be compensated.

Compensation Explanation: You will be paid $150.00 for completing this study in its entirety. You will be responsible for the costs of transportation to participate in the study. If you do not complete the entire study your compensation will be pro-rated as follows: Screening visit all procedures $10.00 Visit 2: First session and having 2 weeks screening diaries fully completed $40.00 Final Visit regardless of group (Having completed all diaries throughout 6 weeks training, proper compliance, all final questionnaires and procedures as outlines above) $100.00 Totaling $150.00 for your full involvement in this 8 week-long study.


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