Author(s): Hunskaar S, Lose G, Sykes D, Voss S
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Abstract OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence, type and treatment behaviour of women with urinary incontinence in four European countries. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Data were collected using a postal survey which was sent to 29,500 community-dwelling women aged > or = 18 years in France, Germany, Spain and the UK. Subjects were asked about the type of urinary incontinence they had experienced and their treatment behaviour. RESULTS: Of the women who responded, 35\% reported involuntary loss of urine in the preceding 30 days; stress urinary incontinence was the most prevalent type. The lowest prevalence was in Spain (23\%), while the prevalence was 44\%, 41\% and 42\% for France, Germany and the UK, respectively. About a quarter of women with urinary incontinence in Spain (24\%) and the UK (25\%) had consulted a doctor about it; in France (33\%) and Germany (40\%) the percentages were higher. Overall, <5\% of the women had ever undergone surgery for their condition. While pads were used by half of the women, there were some differences among the countries. CONCLUSIONS: Millions of women in Europe have urinary incontinence; the consultation and treatment rates were low in the European countries included in this study.
This article was published in BJU Int
and referenced in Journal of Cell Science & Therapy