135 Elders Urinary Incontinence Prevalence In A Health Primary Care Area

Author(s): 
Villaescusa Pedemonte M., Valdés Belmar JL*, Agulló Roca F., López-Picazo Ferrer J., Bernal Romero J.M., Marin Montoya F., Alarcón Sabater P., Murcia Primary Health Care Management Unit, *Vistalegre Health Centre Murcia Health Service (Spain)
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AIM: To know elders urinary incontinence in our health primary care area.
METHOD:
A self-administered patient-report questionnaire on urinary incontinence was distributed on site to an aleatory sample of 123 patients in two Health Centre attending 2157 patients aged more than 65 five in 2002. Age, sex, urinary incontinence, length of time, frequency, intensity, requested medical assessment, derived incapacity and treatment used were analysed.
RESULTS:
68 females and 55 males were asked (mean age 74,2 + 6.2 years). 47 patients (32.4%), were incontinent, 36 of them (85%) never requested medical assessment. Longer than 1 year incontinence were 73.4%. Light frequency incontinence (less than once a week) was present in 45% and light intensity incontinence (less than one sanitary towel daily) was present in 79.48%. Treatment used was mostly sanitary towel (69.2%).
CONCLUSIONS:
Urinary incontinence is a disturbing and shaming problem with high prevalence in elderly people but with very low medical assessment requested. It uses to be longer than a year and related to the age and sex (female). GP should pay special attention to detect this often hidden problem.
Literature: 
135 ELDERS URINARY INCONTINENCE PREVALENCE IN A HEALTH PRIMARY CARE AREA