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The impact of urinary incontinence on self-efficacy and quality of life

By Barbara Ann Shelton Broome


Urinary incontinence impacts 15 to 35% of the adult ambulatory population. Men after the removal of the prostate for cancer can experience incontinence for several weeks to years after the surgery. Women experience incontinence related to many factors including childbirth, menopause and surgery. It is important that incontinence be treated since it impacts not only the physiological, but also the psychological realms of a person's life. Depression and decreed quality of life have been found to co-occur in the person struggling with incontinence. Interventions include pharmacological, surgical as well as behavioral interventions. Effective treatment of incontinence should include the use of clinical guidelines and research to promote treatment efficacy

Topics: Review
Publisher: BioMed Central
Year: 2003
DOI identifier: 10.1186/1477-7525-1-35
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Provided by: PubMed Central

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