AUA 2016: A Measure of the Societal Impact of the FDA Transvaginal Mesh Safety Communications - Session Highlights

San Diego, CA USA ( Brent Medoff from Scranton, Pennsylvania reported their study of Google Trends in searches for terms related to transvaginal mesh. The authors hypothesized that there would be differences in weekly relative search volume in different time periods before the FDA communications on transvaginal mesh, 6 months after the FDA communications, and beyond 6 months after the communications.

The authors reported that the weekly mean relative search volume was 0.73 prior to the update, then increased to 29.9 in the 6 months after the update, and subsequently decreased to 18.8 beyond 6 months after the update.

The moderators and questions from the audience addressed the content of the top hits on searches, noting that evidence-based information is typically not high on the search lists, and that this is likely driven by the volume of the media information associated with litigation.


Presented By: Brent Medoff, MD

Written By: Lindsey Cassini Cox M.D. Clinical Assistant Professor, Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery, MUSC Health, Medical University of South Carolina, at the 2016 AUA Annual Meeting - May 6 - 10, 2016 – San Diego, California, USA