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Spring 2020



  • The pelvis and its floor play an integral role in everyday quality of life for both women and men.
  • Survey research on women’s health content in Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) programs has helped develop curricular structure for entry-level therapists.
  • Characteristics of content presented on men’s pelvic health (MPH) in DPT programs is unknown.
  • 2019: The Section on Women’s Health voted to change their name to the Academy of Pelvic Health to be all inclusive.


  • To examine current entry-level content on MPH in DPT programs, perceived barriers to content delivery, and to support future entry-level curricular development.


  • Program directors or faculty responsible for pelvic health content at CAPTE accredited DPT programs across the United States.


  • Online surveys sent to 239 DPT programs nationally
  • Questions based on literature review and Boissonault’s research. (likert scale, choose all, open-ended)
  • Quantitative and qualitative data regarding MPH content collected: opinions, hours taught, topics covered, barriers, demographics


  • Response rate: 23 percent (55 programs)
  • 60.0 percent strongly agree that MPH should be taught in entry-level DPT programs.
  • 23.6 percent reported spending less than 1 hour teaching men’s pelvic health content.
  • 63.3 percent reported “time” as the largest barrier.
  • Qualitative themes: men’s pelvic health curriculum, barriers, plans for inclusion of men’s pelvic health content.
  • Sub-themes: lack of time in DPT curricula, faculty knowledge to instruct, viewed as a specialty PT, lack of curricular guidelines.


  • Basic MPH perceived as entry-level by participants and should be included in DPT curriculum.
  • Lumbo-pelvic musculoskeletal dysfunction is a key component to evidence based practice.
  • Male pelvis is an integral part of musculoskeletal dysfunction and perceived as important for entry-level identification and referral.
  • MPH content delivery is inconsistent across programs.
  • Barriers identified include: time constraints, experienced faculty, clinical importance.

Clinical Relevance

  • Male pelvic musculoskeletal dysfunction treatment is an entry-level skill.
  • MPH curricular content can improve clinical awareness of pelvic health options for male patients, leading to higher quality recognition and referral.
  • Improvement of care provided by entry-level physical therapists.



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