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  1. Prevalence of urinary incontinence among Spanish older people living at home.

    Article - En anglais


    To estimate the prevalence and characteristics of urinary incontinence (UI) in the noninstitutionalized elderly population of Madrid, Spain.


    We carried out a cross-sectional study in a representative sample of all community-dwelling people aged 65 or over.

    Subjects were interviewed in their homes

    The question : Do you currently experience any difficulty in controlling your urine ?

    In other words, does your urine escape involuntarily ? was used to identify UI.

    Type of UI, use of absorbents and specific drugs were also assessed, as well as consultation behavior.


    589 persons were interviewed (response rate : 71.2%). The prevalence of UI was 15.5%. No significant difference was observed between men and women.

    Urge UI was the main type for men and mixed UI for women.

    Use of pads was referred by 20.2%. A total of 34.3% of subjects never went to the doctor for their problem (25.2% of men and 39.4% of women).


    Compared to other populations the overall prevalence of UI in Spanish elders living at home is relatively high.

    A very small difference by gender was found, although a lower response rate in women could in part explain this unexpected finding.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Incontinence urinaire, Prévalence, Espagne, Europe, Epidémiologie, Vieillard, Homme, Sexe, Appareil urinaire pathologie, Voie urinaire pathologie, Vessie pathologie, Trouble miction

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Urinary incontinence, Prevalence, Spain, Europe, Epidemiology, Elderly, Human, Sex, Urinary system disease, Urinary tract disease, Bladder disease, Voiding dysfunction

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 98-0467716

    Code Inist : 002B14E02. Création : 19/02/1999.