Urinary Incontinence

  • Neil M. Resnick


Urinary incontinence poses a major problem for the elderly. Afflicting 15% to 30% of older people living at home, one-third of those in acute-care settings, and half of those in nursing homes,1,2 it predisposes to rashes, pressure ulcers, urinary tract infections, urosepsis, falls, and fractures.1,2 It is also associated with embarrassment, stigmatization, isolation, depression, and risk of institutionalization,3,4 as well as caregiver burden and depression.5 Finally, it cost more than $10 billion to manage in America in 1987,6 exceeding the amount devoted to dialysis and coronary artery bypass surgery combined.


Urinary Incontinence Urinary Retention Lower Urinary Tract Stress Incontinence Detrusor Overactivity 
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