Pelvic Floor Disorders.
Article Type: Product/service evaluation
Subject: Video recordings (Product/service Evaluations)
Author: Hyland, Gail
Pub Date: 07/01/2010
Publication: Name: New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy Publisher: New Zealand Society of Physiotherapists Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 New Zealand Society of Physiotherapists ISSN: 0303-7193
Issue: Date: July, 2010 Source Volume: 38 Source Issue: 2
Topic: NamedWork: Pelvic Floor Disorders (Video recording) Event Code: 330 Product information
Product: Product Code: 3652070 Prerecorded Video Tapes NAICS Code: 5121 Motion Picture and Video Industries
Accession Number: 263992608
Full Text: Pelvic Floor Disorders. Kotarinos R & Ariail A. 2009. Primal Pictures Ltd. DVD-ROM (PC and MAC)--single user license only. 145.00 GBP

The use of video, sound, and computer-generated graphics in instructional education has been commonplace for more than 20 years now. In health care, these can often add extra value because they bring to life the images on the page and offer some visual sophistication to the viewer. This DVD attempts to do this by offering an educational tool for those interested in pelvic floor disorders.

The authors of the DVD are both physical therapists. Rhonda Kotarinos has had several articles published in the area of physiotherapy approaches to pelvic floor dysfunction, including chronic pain and its myofascial origins, and Allison Ariail has a published case report article on the use of transabdominal ultrasound imaging in retraining pelvic floor muscles of a post-partum woman.

The title 'Pelvic Floor Disorders' adequately describes the content of the DVD-ROM but doesn't emphasise the marvellous visual content of the 3 dimensional anatomical graphics. The visual content is a great strength of this item.

The purpose of this DVD-ROM is to act as both an educational and teaching tool for clinicians who may wish to present the topics using slides and anatomical illustrations. There are detailed models of the pelvis, pelvic floor muscles, reproductive system, urinary and digestive systems, bone regions, surface markings and nervous systems. It is an invaluable guide to anatomy, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of commonly presenting pelvic floor disorders. The audience who would most benefit from this would range from undergraduate to post-graduate students and practitioners in the medical and physiotherapy professions. It would also benefit those teaching about pelvic floor conditions.

The DVD is easy to navigate. It has a clear structure and well laid out subject headings. Once into the individual sections finding my way through the various options again seemed quite intuitive. The hovering and naming of items was useful.

The content of the subject matter is comprehensive and combines the excellent anatomical images with up to date and relevant written coverage of the conditions. The written text is frequently referenced to relevant sources and doesn't offer advice that has not been well researched. The anatomical images can be rotated, with the ability to add or subtract layers of anatomical detail. All anatomical structures are labelled when hovered over.

The clinical information section is well researched and seems to be in keeping with the advice offered at the most recent International Consultation on Incontinence (2009).

The patient information section connects via the internet to the Primal Information site. This has some good practical tips of how to manage pelvic floor disorders again with some great diagrams, and the ability to customise advice for the patient. However I don't think this advice should be used on its own but would serve as an adjunct to a professional clinical assessment, analysis and supervised, progressed treatment plan.

As a clinician and a teacher I feel quite excited about this product and will surely use some of the images as a teaching adjunct. I think physiotherapists will love the visual nature of this DVD-ROM both for clarifying anatomical detail to themselves and informing others.

Gail Hyland, Dip Physiotherapy, PG Dip HealSc

Continence Advisor Specialist

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