The prevalence of urinary incontinence and use of incontinence aids in 85-year-old men and women.

Age and Aging

PubMedID: 2285005

Hellström L, Ekelund P, Milsom I, Mellström D. The prevalence of urinary incontinence and use of incontinence aids in 85-year-old men and women. Age Ageing. 1990;19(6):383-9.
The prevalence of urinary incontinence and the use of incontinence aids was investigated in 85-year-old men and women resident in the city of Göteborg. The overall prevalence of urinary incontinence was 37.2%. Urinary incontinence was more prevalent (p less than 0.001) in women (43.2%) than men (24.0%), and in residents of a nursing home or hospital (83.9%) than in men and women living at home (29.4%). Urinary incontinence was more commonly encountered in men with neurological (p less than 0.001) and respiratory (p less than 0.05) illnesses, and in women suffering from cardiovascular (p less than 0.05), neurological (p less than 0.001) and urogenital (p less than 0.01) illnesses. Incontinence aids were used more often (p less than 0.001) by incontinent women (67.9%) then men (42.9%) living in the community, and were used by 86.4% of the incontinent men and 91.5% of the incontinent women living in an institution. Pads were the commonest form of incontinence aid used, irrespective of whether the men and women lived in the community or in an institution. Indwelling urinary catheters were used by only 2% of the 85-year-old men and women.