Ws-44 The Impact Of Urinary Incontinence On The Daily Lives Of Moroccan And Turkish Women And Their Preferences For Treatment

Author(s): 
Lagro-Janssen Toine
Radboud University Nijmegen
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Purpose: To gain insight into the impact of urinary incontinence on the daily lives of Moroccan and Turkish women and their preferences for treatment.
Setting & method: Six general practices with large numbers of immigrant families in four cities in the Netherlands. Semi-structured in depth interviews were conducted with Moroccan and Turkish migrant women, who presented with complaints of urinary incontinence.
Results: All the women (30) adhered closely to bodily cleanliness and considered incontinence to be dirty. As Muslims, they were obliged to perform ritual prayers preceded by ablution five times per day and the urinary incontinence breached their status of ritual purity. Therefore, they had to wash more often and experienced this as a heavy burden. In a number of the women, shame formed a reason why they could not talk to anybody about the incontinence, not even with the doctor. One-third of the women felt that their GP had not taken them seriously. Knowledge about anatomy, physiology and available treatments was mostly lacking. In addition, the women did not understand the aim of the exercises from the physiotherapist. The majority of women gave preference to help from a female doctor.
Conclusion: Urinary incontinence in Moroccan and Turkish migrant women formed a considerable problem in their daily following of the Islam faith. Shame on the part of the patient and miscommunication at the doctor's surgery led to inadequate care.
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WS-44
THE IMPACT OF URINARY INCONTINENCE ON THE DAILY LIVES OF MOROCCAN AND TURKISH WOMEN AND THEIR PREFERENCES FOR TREATMENT