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Study Compares Quality of Life in Different Types of Incontinence

Posted Jul 27 2009 10:50pm

The Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Urogynecology at the University of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Hospital conducted a study to evaluate whether women with urge urinary incontinence have lower quality of life than women with other forms of urinary incontinence.

Patients completed three validated questionnaires when presenting for evaluation at an urogynecology practice and were divided into four groups based on their responses: those with symptoms of stress urinary incontinence (SUI), urge urinary incontinence, both SUI and UUI (mixed UI), and neither SUI nor UUI (controls).

A total of 465 women were included, of which 53 women had urge urinary incontinence, 101 stress urinary incontinence, 200 mixed urinary incontinence and 111 controls.

Based on the scores of the QOL (quality of life) questionnaire doctors concluded that women with urge urinary incontinence and mixed urinary incontinence have lower quality of life than women with stress urinary incontinence.

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