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Can Fam Physician. 2002 Jan;48:86-92.

Urinary incontinence in Canada. National survey of family physicians' knowledge, attitudes, and practices.

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  • 1Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ont. swansongr@yahoo.com

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  • Can Fam Physician. 2008 Jan;54(1):28.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine current knowledge, attitudes, and management of urinary incontinence among family physicians in Canada.

DESIGN:

Cross-sectional mailed survey.

SETTING:

Family physicians in Canada.

PARTICIPANTS:

A random sample of 1500 members of the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Self-assessed knowledge, self-reported attitudes, and rating of various tests and treatments in the investigation and management of incontinence.

RESULTS:

The overall unadjusted response rate was 43.3% (650/1500). Although most respondents reported that urinary incontinence was common in their practices, less than half (46.0%, 284/617) indicated that they clearly understood incontinence and just 37.9% (232/612) had an organized plan for incontinence problems. Only 35.0% (214/612) of respondents felt very comfortable dealing with incontinence. Physical examination, urodynamic studies, urinalysis, and testing blood sugar levels were all considered important investigations by more than 90% of respondents.

CONCLUSION:

There are wide variations in knowledge, attitudes, practices, and comfort level among family physicians dealing with urinary incontinence.

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PMCID:
PMC2213918
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