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J Gerontol Nurs. 1995 Aug;21(8):7-14.

Self-care behaviors of older women with urinary incontinence.


1. Despite the availability of effective treatments for urinary incontinence, many women self-manage incontinence and never have it evaluated or treated. 2. The vast majority of women in this study used one or more self-care behaviors to manage their incontinence; the most frequently used behaviors were locating or staying near bathrooms when out, voiding more frequently, and wearing some type of protective garment. 3. Most women reported that incontinence was not at all or only a little difficult to manage and were satisfied with the self-care behaviors they used to manage this problem despite the fact that most of these behaviors had little or no potential to reduce or eliminate their incontinence.

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