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May 19, 1999

Informing Patients About Urinary Incontinence

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;281(19):1795. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-19-jbk0519

To the Editor: In the December 16, 1998, issue, JAMA published an excellent Patient Page on urinary incontinence.1 Almost simultaneously, the American Urological Association (AUA) was launching a comprehensive long-term public awareness campaign on female incontinence.

One of the biggest problems about female incontinence is that so many women fail to seek treatment—either because of embarrassment or because they mistakenly believe that effective treatment modalities do not exist. To address this situation, the AUA developed and initiated its public awareness effort.