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Int Neurourol J. 2011 Sep;15(3):143-51. doi: 10.5213/inj.2011.15.3.143. Epub 2011 Sep 30.

The impact of overactive bladder on health-related quality of life, sexual life and psychological health in Korea.

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Department of Urology, Kyungpook National University School of Medicine, Daegu, Korea.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

We aimed to estimate the prevalence of overactive bladder (OAB) in Korea, to assess the variation in prevalence by sex and age, and to measure the impact of OAB on quality of life.

METHODS:

A population-based, cross-sectional telephone survey was conducted between April and June 2010 with a questionnaire regarding the prevalence of OAB, demographics, and the impact of OAB on quality of life. A geographically stratified random sample of men and women aged ≥30 years was selected.

RESULTS:

The overall prevalence of OAB was 22.9% (male, 19%; female, 26.8%). Of a total of 458 participants with OAB, 37.6% and 19.9% reported moderate or severe impact on their daily life and sexual life (5.6% and 3.5%, respectively, in participants without OAB). Anxiety and depression were reported by 22.7% and 39.3% of participants with OAB, respectively (9.7% and 22.8%, respectively, in participants without OAB). Only 19.7% of participants with OAB had consulted a doctor for their voiding symptoms, but 50.7% of respondents with OAB were willing to visit a hospital for the management of their OAB symptoms.

CONCLUSIONS:

This study confirmed that OAB symptoms are highly prevalent in Korea, and many sufferers appear to have actively sought medical help. OAB has severe effects on daily and sexual life as well as psychological health.

KEYWORDS:

Demography; Overactive urinary bladder; Prevalence

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