High prevalence of urinary incontinence and poor knowledge of pelvic floor exercises among women in a health district in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa

South African Journal of Physiotherapy


 
 
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Title High prevalence of urinary incontinence and poor knowledge of pelvic floor exercises among women in a health district in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa
 
Creator Madombwe, J.P. Knight, S.E.
 
Subject — urinary incontinence; stress urinary incontinence; urge urinary incontinence; mixed urinary incontinence; prevalence; pelvic floor muscle exercises
Description Introduction: The purpose of the study was to determine the prevalence and health seeking behaviour of women with urinary incontinence andtheir knowledge of pelvic floor exercises, in a health district in KwaZulu-Natal.Methods: An observational cross-sectional study design was used. BetweenSeptember 2005 and November 2005, a questionnaire was administered to 99 womenaged 21 – 76 years at randomly selected from. Results: The study found that the prevalence of the urinary incontinence was 35% (95% Confidence Interval, 26 to 45).  The most common type of incontinencewas stress urinary incontinence, 63% (95% CI, 46 to 79).  Of the 99 women, 32%(95% CI, 23 to 42) had heard of pelvic floor muscle exercises, while only 18% (95%CI, 11 – 26) had actually carried out the intervention.  Of the 35 women with urinary incontinence, 26% had soughtprofessional help, the most common reason for seeking help being a worsening in condition.Conclusion: The prevalence of urinary incontinence in KwaZulu-Natal is high, knowledge of urinary incontinenceas a disease and its management, among both women and health service providers is poor.
 
Publisher AOSIS
 
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Date 2008-01-07
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/sajp.v64i1.95
 
Source South African Journal of Physiotherapy; Vol 64, No 1 (2008); 17-20 2410-8219 0379-6175
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://sajp.co.za/index.php/sajp/article/view/95/92
 
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