Urinary incontinence in Northern Ireland: a prevalence study

L.M. Dolan, Karen Casson, P McDonald, R.G. Ashe

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To determine the prevalence of urinary incontinence in a Northern Ireland community drawn from four neighbouring geographical areas and to assess factors predisposing to the development of urinary incontinence. A three-page self-administered postal questionnaire was sent to 1050 women (age range 35-74 years), recruited randomly from a target population of 43 829 women. The main survey was preceded by a pilot survey. Respondents and those not responding were compared. The overall response rate was 65.6% (689/1050); there was no significant difference between respondents and those not responding. Two-hundred and thirty-one women (33.5%) reported incontinence 'sometimes' and 161 (23.4%) 'often'. Of those who had urinary incontinence, sanitary protection was required by 21.7% (85/392). This equates to 12.3% (85) of the total study population. Age (chi2=20.34; P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)760-766
JournalBJU International
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - May 1999


  • urinary incontinence
  • epidemiology
  • pelvic floor exercises
  • childbirth


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