Evid Based Nurs 9:85 doi:10.1136/ebn.9.3.85
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A nurse led continence service reduced symptoms of incontinence, frequency, urgency, and nocturia

 Q Does a nurse led continence intervention reduce urinary incontinence and associated symptoms?



randomised controlled trial.





GraphicFollow up period:

3 months.


Leicestershire and Rutland, UK.


3746 patients ⩾40 years of age (61% women) who were living in private households and had ⩾1 episode of incontinence several times per month or several times per year plus reported impact of symptoms on quality of life; frequency ⩾ once per hour or twice per hour plus impact; nocturia 3 times per night or twice per night plus impact; or very strong or overwhelming urgency or strong urgency plus impact. Exclusion criteria were pregnancy, urinary fistula, pelvic cancer, and current treatment for urinary symptoms.


2958 patients were allocated to a continence service provided by trained nurses who delivered evidence-based …

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