Urinary incontinence is the uncontrollable leakage of urine. If it is frequent or severe enough, it can become a social and hygiene problem. Occasionally, medical intervention may be required.
The paper our presentation was based on: Improving access to incontinence AT in developing and resource constrained countries. Click here to download and read a PDF copy of the original paper. Urinary incontinence UI is a prominent, often overlooked, condition among older adults.
It can be embarrassing when you laugh or cough, triggering an involuntary loss of urine. You're not alone as urinary incontinence affects one in four women. It can also impact men. There are both non-surgical and surgical treatments available locally that are providing relief.
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Urinary incontinence is a common complaint in older people, and is associated with significant impact on the individual, their carers and the wider healthcare system. As the numbers of frail elderly people increase, so will the burden of incontinence. This review examines recent developments in research into the aetiology, physiology, pathology and treatment of urinary incontinence and lower urinary tract symptoms in older people, and explores potential future developments which might reduce or ameliorate both urinary incontinence and its effects on frail older people.
This document was amended in July to reflect literature that was released since the original publication of this content in May This document will continue to be periodically updated to reflect the growing body of literature related to this topic. Urinary incontinence is a significant problem, affecting tens of millions of Americans.
In this social and economic context, incontinence urinary and faecal also involves considerable costs to the national health welfare services. As a consequence of this, the national health welfare services must address three major challenges: 1. The European Commission has reacted to these important challenges by setting three major goals for the near future:. Incontinence is one of the last medical taboos that we have not yet managed to eradicate anywhere in the world; it is a secret that we cannot tell anyone about, not even our own GP, partner or friends.