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Urinary incontinence might be a symptom of COPD

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Assessment and management of urinary incontinence should be included in care plans for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to Swedish researchers.

The researchers surveyed 728 primary care patients with COPD in order to investigate the prevalence and characteristics of urinary incontinence.

They found that 49.6% of women and 30.3% of men with COPD reported some urinary incontinence, with the most common types being stress incontinence in women and postmicturition dribbling in men.

Also, those with urinary incontinence had a significantly higher BMI than those without.

The researchers said: “The present results indicate that urinary incontinence content should be included in care plans for patients living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. In addition, the results imply that nurses and physicians working in primary health care should ask patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease about urinary incontinence and then offer appropriate assessment and management of it.”

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