A longitudinal investigation of the impact of typology of urinary incontinence on quality of life during midlife: results from a British prospective study

Gita D. Mishra (Lead / Corresponding author), Tim Croudace, Linda Cardozo, Diana Kuh

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    Abstract

    Using prospective data from 983 British women born in 1946, the study aims to describe the profiles of symptoms of stress, urge, and severe incontinence, and to relate these to change in quality of life. Based on the longitudinal patterns of symptoms experienced, four groups of women were defined: 'low symptom', 'onset', 'recovering', and 'chronic'. Childhood enuresis was associated with being in the 'chronic' group for urge and severe incontinence. Women in the 'recovering' group for stress incontinence experienced an improvement in the physical health domain (regression coefficient (95% CI): 0.1(0.02, 0.18)) compared with women without symptoms. This relationship existed beyond the effects of ageing, menopausal status, current life stress, and reproductive, lifestyle, and social factors. More research is needed to understand the mechanism that link childhood enuresis to being in the 'chronic' group for urge and severe incontinence.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)246-248
    Number of pages3
    JournalMaturitas
    Volume64
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 20 Dec 2009

    Keywords

    • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
    • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology

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