Incontinence in a manufacturing setting: Women's perceptions and responses

Victoria L. Kirkland, Mary H. Palmer, Sheila T. Fitzgerald

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Abstract

The true prevalence of urinary incontinence (UI) and its impact on the quality of life in working women are not well established. Many women do not report UI to a health care provider because they mistakenly believe UI is a natural part of aging. This situation exists despite the dissemination of a national guideline for UI in adults. The aims of this study were to (1) explore what incontinent women in a manufacturing setting name or identify as the proposed cause of urinary leakage (2) analyze an association between identifying a UI cause and reporting it to a health care provider and (3) determine how many women were aware of the AHCPR Guideline. The results indicate that the majority of incontinent women (62%) have not reported this to a health care provider. Most women attributed urinary leakage to parity and waiting too long to empty the bladder. There was no relationship between identifying a UI cause and reporting it to a health care provider. Only 2 of the women out of 78 had heard of the AHCPR Guideline but the majority of women wanted more information about UI (85%). Mechanisms are suggested for querying women with UI and disseminating the AHCPR Guideline.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)312-317
Number of pages6
JournalPublic Health Nursing
Volume18
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2001
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • AHCPR Guideline
  • Causes of Urinary Leakage
  • Prevalence
  • Report of Incontinence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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