Assessment of Urinary Incontinence in the Elderly

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Urinary incontinence is a major health problem affecting the lives of many elderly people. A formal urologic examination often is not required for proper diagnosis and successful treatment of incontinence. This article focuses on safe, accurate, and inexpensive methods of incontinence assessment that can be performed in a variety of settings by nurse practitioners. The evaluation described incorporates medical, behavioral, and physiologic assessment of deficits commonly encountered in older incontinent individuals.

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