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J Wound Ostomy Continence Nurs. 1997 Jul;24(4):226-36.

Patient satisfaction with a reusable undergarment for urinary incontinence.

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  • 1Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Urodynamics and Continence Center, Boston, MA, USA.



We investigated patient satisfaction with a reusable undergarment for urinary incontinence.


One hundred seventy-five participants with reported urinary incontinence from two urology-based clinics at large teaching hospitals and one prostate cancer support group participated in the study.


Each participant was given a minimum of one reusable undergarment for urinary incontinence. Participants used the undergarment for an average of 10 days (range 1 to 60 days). During the trial period, subjects alternated the reusable undergarment with their previous urine-containment devices, usually disposable pads, while the undergarment was being washed. Patient satisfaction was evaluated with a questionnaire.


Patient satisfaction with the reusable undergarment was measured for six categories: (1) physical comfort, (2) ability to keep skin dry, (3) ability to prevent wet spots, (4) discretion, (5) odor control, and (6) confidence when wearing the garment versus previously used containment devices.


Of the 175 subjects, 126 (33% female and 67% male) completed and returned the 7-page questionnaire. All respondents reported at least one urinary incontinent episode while wearing the reusable undergarment. Occurrence and degree of leakage by self-report varied from light leakage (33%) to moderate leakage (48%) and heavy leakage (17%). Patient satisfaction was measured as follows: (1) 83% rated the overall comfort of the undergarment as very good or excellent; (2) 52% said they felt very dry or dry when wearing the product after an incontinent episodes; (3) 75% rated the ability to prevent wet spots on outer clothing as adequate or excellent; (4) 75% rated the discretion of this product as excellent; (5) 80% rated the ability to control odor as adequate or excellent; and (6) 67% felt more confidence with this reusable undergarment than with other products with which they were familiar.


The reusable garment provided effective containment from urine loss among this group of incontinent women and men.

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