Op-077 Help-Seeking Behaviour Of Older Women With Urinary Incontinence

Visser E. (Groningen), de Bock T. (Groningen), Meijerink M. (Groningen), Dekker J. (Groningen)
Aims and purpose: Urinary incontinence is a very common health problem among older women. Only a minority of them looks for help from their general practitioner, so there is an underuse of effective treatment options. We were interested if women who look for help differ from those who do not, but who do react if they are actively approached.
Design and methods: This is a cross-sectional survey of women aged 55 years and older with urinary incontinence, all participating in the URINO-project. The URINO-project is a cluster randomized trial, regarding the cost-effectiveness of active detection of incontinent women of 55 years and older in general practice, after which protocolised diagnosis and evidence-based treatment follows, as compared to usual care. This project also offers the possibility to study the help-seeking behaviour in urinary incontinence. The registration system of the general practitioner was searched for co-morbidity, consultation behaviour and medication use. The women who are known by their general practitioner with urinary incontinence were compared to those who are not known by using the student’s t-test.
Results: Results of a pilot study in 3 general practices, including 55 participants, show that the average age of the group who is known by their general practitioner with urinary incontinence is higher (p Conclusions: The information from this study may give direction to an answer on the question which older women in general practice suffer from ‘hidden’ urinary incontinence and could be actively approached.
Help-seeking behaviour of older women with urinary incontinence