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The importance of a thorough continence assessment

Incontinence is distressing, unpleasant and socially disruptive (Getliffe and White, 2003) and is defined as ‘the complaint of any involuntary leakage of urine’ (Abrams et al, 2002). Incontinence is a symptom of an underlying disorder and a continence assessment is essential to identify possible causes and to plan treatment or referral for specialist advice. This requires the assessment of the whole patient rather than just his or her urinary symptoms.

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