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Perceived Effectiveness of Physical Therapy in Treating Urinary Incontinence: As Measured by an Outcome Follow-Up Questionnaire

1 May 1998


Loss of bladder control affects at least one out of every ten adults and more than 13 million American adults suffer with incontinence. Subjects in this study were 44 women suffering from urge, stress, or mixed incontinence. An initial and follow-up questionnaire were completed by each subject to determine their perceived overall improvement and ability to perform activities of daily living (ADL's) following physical therapy intervention. The results showed a statistically significant (p≤0.05) improvement in the subjects' perception of the severity of their urinary incontinence disfunction. Significant differences (p≤0.05) were also found in seven of the 16 ADL's listed in the questionnaire. Based on the results of this study, physical therapy intervention is effective in improving a patient's perceived severity of urinary incontinence and their ability to perform certain ADL's.


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