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Comparison of the Effect of Group Taught Exercise Classes, Group Taught Education Class, and Combination Group Including Education and Exercise on Female Urinary Incontinence

1 May 2001


Background. Urinary incontinence (UI) is a common problem affecting at least thirteen million Americans. The purpose of this study was to compare and contrast group exercise only, group education only, and the combination of group exercise and education for efficacy in the treatment of UI. Methods. Thirteen subjects suffering from stress, urge, or mixed ill were screened and randomly assigned to one of three research groups: group education only, group exercise only, or a combination group including both group education and group exercise classes. Subjects completed a series of three questionnaires indicating their perceived change in UI over the course of the study. Results. No significance was found utilizing a mixed two-way analysis of variance with one repeated measure to compare the questionnaires. Trends supporting the combination group as the most effective group treatment were discovered upon further evaluation. Conclusion. More research is needed to establish the most efficacious behavioral approach for treating urinary incontinence.


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