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The inability to control urination is a condition that causes a loss of dignity in persons of all ages. It is a distressing condition that affects a large number of young women and becomes a most distressing problem for the older adult. This article deals with the general treatment approaches for the urinary incontinent patient, including drug therapy, surgical intervention and mechanical devices. Special emphasis is placed on nursing measurzs, including behavioral intervention approaches for this disturbing problem. Many non-invasive treatments can benefit patients searching for relief fiom urinary incontinence.