Defining clinical assessment in overactive bladder

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Frequency, nocturia and episodes of urge incontinence are commonly measured in the clinical assessment of overactive bladder, but the primary symptom, urgency, is much harder to measure. Voiding diaries are useful tools in clinical assessment, and a total symptom score may give some indication of disease severity and the effectiveness of treatment. However, there is poor correlation between symptom score and quality of life. For a true picture of the benefits of treatment, it is important to perform both clinical and quality of life assessments.

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