Urinary incontinence in working women: An exploratory study

Mary H. Palmer, Sheila Fitzgerald, Susan J. Berry, Kristin Hart

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Women who work for a large academic center were surveyed about urinary incontinence. The response rate was 57%. Of the 1113 usable questionnaires, 232 (21%) indicated that urinary incontinence occurred at least monthly. The average age of incontinent women was 45 years (SD = 10 years). Incontinent women were significantly older and had a higher body mass index than continent women. There were also ethnic differences between incontinent and continent groups, although ethnicity was not a predictor of incontinence. Only a third of the women thought incontinence was an important problem to resolve and 46% reported incontinence to their physician or nurse. Forty percent reported that they did not know if the incontinence could be improved, but 81% wanted to learn more about incontinence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-82
Number of pages16
JournalWomen and Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Antecedent
  • Correlate
  • Help-seeking
  • Management strategies
  • Occupation
  • Women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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