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JAMA Clinical Guidelines Synopsis
January 3, 2017

Nonsurgical Management of Urinary Incontinence in Women

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
  • 2Section of General Internal Medicine, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
JAMA. 2017;317(1):79-80. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.18433

Urinary incontinence is a common condition in reproductive- and menopausal-aged women, with a median prevalence approaching 30%.1 The prevalence and severity of incontinence increase with age, with urgency UI rather than stress UI more frequently diagnosed in older women. A 2008 analysis found that 72% of study participants older than 70 years had some form of UI, and of this group, with 17% at least daily.2 Women with severe UI have significantly diminished health-related quality of life for reasons including anxiety, depression, social isolation, perineal infections, and sexual dysfunction.3

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