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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
September 3, 2014

US Toll From Incontinence

JAMA. 2014;312(9):884. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.10417

Incontinence affects about half of US older adults who don’t live in a residential care facility or nursing home, according to a recent report.

The investigators used data from the National Center for Health Statistics and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to estimate incontinence rates among adults aged 65 years or older. Because the definition of incontinence varies in different data sets, the report doesn’t provide an overall national estimate of incontinence.

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