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Public ask GPs for help with incontinence

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People are most likely to ask their GP about continence problems according to on online survey of 1040 adults in the UK

The survey looked at the prevalence of urinary incontinence, faecal incontinence and nocturnal enuresis.

Twenty three per cent reported problems with urinary incontinence, 11% had faecal incotinence and 6% nocturnal enuresis. The rates of faecal incontinence and noctural enuresis were higher than those reported in other studies.

Over 70% of people with incontinence had asked their GP for help and 75% of those who did not have continence problems reported that they would consult their GP if they developed a problem.

The researcher concluded that GPs need education to enable them to assess and manage people with incontinence.

International Journal of Clinical Practice (2009) [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 19175680

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