Overactive Bladder in Female Patients with Chronic Diseases Visiting Primary Care Doctors: Effect of Age on Prevalence and Bothersomeness

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We evaluated the effects of age on the prevalence and bothersomeness of overactive bladder (OAB) in female patients with chronic diseases visiting primary care doctors.


We used the pooled data of the SURPRISE survey in which 121 doctors and 1388 female patients aged 40 years or older responded to questionnaires.


The OAB prevalence rate in patients was estimated by doctors to be 9.5%. However, the OAB prevalence rate according to patients, as defined by the OAB symptom score, was 22.3%. The rate was increased with age. The number of patients with OAB was much higher than estimated by doctors. Approximately 25% of patients were dissatisfied with their present urinary condition. The rate was increased with age. Dissatisfaction with present urinary condition was strongly correlated with severe urgency score in all age groups. In elderly patients, contribution of urgency incontinence and nocturia to dissatisfaction was also increased. Thirteen percent of patients were receiving treatment for their OAB. However, 15.8% were untreated, regardless of having OAB, suggesting that treated patients comprise less than half of all OAB patients. This tendency was observed in all age groups. In the correlation between satisfaction with pharmacological treatment and each OAB symptom, contribution of urgency to satisfaction with pharmacological treatment was the highest.


Urgency is the most bothersome symptom and shows the highest contribution to treatment satisfaction. In elderly patients, urgency incontinence and nocturia are proportionally greater problems. Management of urgency is essential for improving quality of life and satisfaction with treatment in OAB patients.

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