Cooper, J, Annappa, M, Quigley, A, Dracocardos, D, Bondili, A and Mallen, CD (2014) Prevalence of female urinary incontinence and its impact on quality of life in a cluster population in the United Kingdom (UK): a community survey. Primary Health Care Research and Development, 16 (4). 377 - 382. ISSN 1463-4236

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AIM: To ascertain the prevalence of urinary incontinence and lower urinary tract symptoms, impact on quality of life and help-seeking behaviour. BACKGROUND: Urinary incontinence is common and will affect more individuals as the population ages. Estimates of the prevalence of urinary incontinence vary hugely. Additional information is required to inform resource allocation. METHODS: Population-based cross-sectional postal evaluation of all female patients over 21 years registered at a single medical practice in the United Kingdom. FINDINGS: A total of 40% of respondents suffered urinary incontinence, which caused significant problems in 8.5%. Stress urinary incontinence was the most common type of incontinence while 10% had symptoms of voiding dysfunction. A total of 17% of women had sought professional help. Patients perceived that urinary incontinence was part of the natural ageing process and that there was a low expectation of successful treatment.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © Cambridge University Press 2014
Uncontrolled Keywords: community female survey urinary incontinence
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine
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Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 11 May 2023 13:33
Last Modified: 11 May 2023 13:33

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