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Treatment seeking behavior for urinary incontinence among north Indian women.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18923213     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Urinary incontinence is a common but neglected problem of women.
AIMS: To ascertain the treatment seeking behavior of north Indian women having urinary incontinence (UI).
SETTING: Two residential colonies of Chandigarh.
DESIGN: Cross-sectional face-to-face interview based study.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study was conducted by a trained nurse during April 2005-July 2005 among women aged 18 years and above. Women with UI were identified in a screening survey. They were interviewed individually regarding their treatment seeking behavior and socio-demographic data.
STATISTICAL ANALYSIS USED: Percentage, mean, standard deviation, chi-square test.
RESULTS: Of the 220 enlisted incontinent women 20% (44) women consulted some health agency. Only 8.6% (19) women had heard about pelvic floor muscle exercises. Seventy-two percent (158) cases had UI for more than one year. The most common reason quoted for not seeking treatment was, 'UI was considered as 'normal', 'did not take it seriously' and 'shyness.' Many (153;70%) women reported that UI affected their daily routine as well as social activities like shopping and visiting friends.
CONCLUSION: Urinary incontinence seriously affected the quality of life of women. Still, consultation rate for UI was low in the north Indian women.
Santosh Kumari; A J Singh; Vanita Jain
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Indian journal of medical sciences     Volume:  62     ISSN:  0019-5359     ISO Abbreviation:  Indian J Med Sci     Publication Date:  2008 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-10-16     Completed Date:  2009-06-04     Revised Date:  2014-07-30    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0373023     Medline TA:  Indian J Med Sci     Country:  India    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  352-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Middle Aged
Patient Acceptance of Health Care*
Quality of Life
Urinary Incontinence, Stress / psychology*,  therapy
Urinary Incontinence, Urge / psychology*,  therapy
Young Adult

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