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

Mishra, Gita D., Croudace, Tim, Cardozo, Linda and Kuh, Diana (2009) A longitudinal investigation of the impact of typology of urinary incontinence on quality of life during midlife: Results from a British prospective study. Maturitas, 64 4: 246-248. doi:10.1016/j.maturitas.2009.09.015


Author Mishra, Gita D.
Croudace, Tim
Cardozo, Linda
Kuh, Diana
Title A longitudinal investigation of the impact of typology of urinary incontinence on quality of life during midlife: Results from a British prospective study
Journal name Maturitas   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0378-5122
1873-4111
Publication date 2009-12-20
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.maturitas.2009.09.015
Volume 64
Issue 4
Start page 246
End page 248
Total pages 3
Place of publication Shannon, Co. Clare, Ireland
Publisher Elsevier Ireland
Language eng
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.
Keyword Urinary incontinence symptoms
Menopause
Quality of life
Latent class analysis
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
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