The Importance of Screening, Assessing, and Managing Urinary Incontinence in Primary Care

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PurposeTo present evidence that routine screening for urinary incontinence is justified because it is a clinically relevant and prevalent disorder that responds to treatment, resulting in improved outcomes for many patients managed by the nurse practitioner (NP).Data SourceSelected scientific literature.ConclusionsThe prevalence of urinary incontinence and success of treatment options justify routine screening, individualized assessment, and treatment.Implications for PracticeRoutine screening for urinary incontinence by NPs is uncommon. Based on the relative risk, the potential success of treatment and improved quality-of-life outcomes after treat-ment, NPs should regularly screen and assess for incontinence.

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