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Urinary incontinence among seniors remains underreported by patients and underdiagnosed and treated by clinicians. Data from the 2004 Medicare Health Outcomes Survey show that 37.3% of seniors reported urinary incontinence within the last 6 months and that urinary incontinence problems were strongly associated with lower self-reported health. Yet only 55.5% of those with urinary incontinence problems reported discussing these problems during their recent visit to a physician or health care provider. Only 56.5% of patients received treatment, and the treatment rate was lower for older individuals (eg, 46.3% for those aged 90-94 years) or those with poor self-reported health status (50.5%).
In This Issue of Archives of Internal Medicine. Arch Intern Med. 2006;166(10):1061. doi:10.1001/archinte.166.10.1061
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