Date Approved

9-3-2007

Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Health Sciences

Committee Member

Stephen Sonstein, PhD

Committee Member

Salil Khandwala, MD

Abstract

Urinary Incontinence is a common affliction that impairs quality of life and restricts social activity in adult women. Based on etiology and pathophysiology, urinary incontinence is classified into Stress, Urge, and Mixed urinary incontinence. Knowledge of the specific type of incontinence helps in determining course of treatment. A retrospective, descriptive, observational study was designed to determine the percentage of new patients seeking treatment for bladder complaints, who were identified by Medical, Epidemiological, and Social aspects of Aging (MESA) questionnaire to reflect Stress, Urge, or Mixed urinary incontinence. The secondary aim was to investigate any trends other variables studied that showed an association with any particular type of incontinence. Results indicated that 43% of the study population had Stress, 24% had Urge, 25% had Mixed urinary incontinence, and 8% had no incontinence. Stress urinary incontinence was found to be twice as prevalent as Urge and Mixed urinary incontinence in the study population.

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