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.
- AHCPR Guideline
- Causes of Urinary Leakage
- Report of Incontinence
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health