Prevalence of undiagnosed urinary incontinence in women is 53% in the preceding year and 39% in the preceding week in a US managed-care population
- Correspondence to Monique Du Moulin
Department of Health Care and Nursing Science, Medicine and Life Sciences, School for Public Health and Primary Care (CAPHRI), Maastricht University, PO Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht, The Netherlands;
- Published Online First 20 April 2010
Urinary incontinence (UI) is highly prevalent, especially in older people and women, and can have a tremendous effect on quality of life.1 2 With the ageing of the population, the number of people with UI will increase rapidly. To date, research on UI has focused on prevalence, risk factors and treatment options. UI is still considered a taboo topic, and patients and healthcare workers are reluctant to discuss the problem, for different reasons.3 The study by Wallner and colleagues is one of the few that describe the prevalence and severity of undiagnosed UI in community-dwelling women.
This study aimed to determine the prevalence and severity of undiagnosed UI in women aged 25–80 years. Data from the Kaiser Permanente Northwest managedcare population were used. A questionnaire on demographic and UI information (type, frequency and amount) and quality of life was sent to a random sample of 2118 women. The response rate was 41%. The prevalence …