Int Neurourol J.  2010 Oct;14(3):133-138.

Quality of Life of Women with Urinary Incontinence: A Systematic Literature Review

Affiliations
  • 1Seoul Women's College of Nursing, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Department of Nursing, Wonju College of Medicine, Yonsei University, Wonju, Korea.
  • 3Department of Nursing, College of Medicine, Soonchunhyang University, Cheonan, Korea. yjson@sch.ac.kr
  • 4Red Cross College of Nursing, Seoul, Korea.
  • 5College of Nursing, Ajou University, Suwon, Korea.

Abstract

PURPOSE
The purpose of this study was to review studies that have examined the quality of life of women with urinary incontinence.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
A review was conducted that used the databases PubMED, Proquest, CINAHL, and Sciencedirect. Articles were included that were published in English between 2005 and 2010 the key words use were urinary incontinence, women, and quality of life.
RESULTS
A total of 18 studies were identified, and the prevalence of urinary incontinence varied depending on the definition of incontinence used and the age of the population studied. The Incontinence Quality of Life (I-QoL), Incontinence Impact Questionnaire-short form (IIQ-7), and King's Health Questionnaire (KHQ) were the most commonly used instruments. Demographic, medical, physical, psychological, health, and intervention factors were reported as influencing factors on the quality of life of women with incontinence. Age, severity of urinary incontinence, type of urinary incontinence, number of urinary incontinence episodes, body weight, stress, and help-seeking behavior were statistically significant variables influencing quality of life.
CONCLUSION
Future studies are needed to identify factors related to quality of life among women with incontinence and to use validated instruments according to specific subjects.

Keyword

Urinary incontinence; Quality of life; Women

MeSH Terms

Body Weight
Female
Humans
Prevalence
Quality of Life
Urinary Incontinence
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