Assessment of the Impact of Male Urinary Incontinence on Health-Related Quality of Life: A Population Based Study

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Abstract

Objective:

To assess the impact of male urinary incontinence on health-related quality of life by population based study.

Methods:

A two-stage systematic sampling method was adopted. A total of 5830 men participated in this survey. Face –to-face interviews were used to collect data. Urinary incontinence and symptom bother were measured with the Urogenital Distress Inventory-6 (UDI-6). General health-related quality of life (QoL) was measured using EQ-VAS, which evaluates the respondent's self-rated health on a vertical visual analogue scale.

Results:

The age-adjusted prevalence of Korean male UI was 5.5%. Incontinent men reported higher score of UDI-6 and lower score of EQ-VAS than continent men. Men with mixed urinary incontinence reported significantly lower QoL than men with pure stress or urge incontinence.

Conclusions:

Urinary incontinence affects men's QoL negatively. In particular, mixed urinary incontinence has the greatest impact on QoL.

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