Welcome to the incontinence education section of the CliniMed website. It is anticipated that both patients and healthcare workers will find the following information useful and instructive.
Overview of incontinence prevalence
It is estimated that over 6,000,000 people in the UK have urinary incontinence.Urinary incontinence can affect anyone at any time in their lives but all too often people are too embarrassed to seek help and therefore remain unaware that continence problems can often be cured, almost always improved, and that there is a variety of available management options.
Urinary incontinence knows no social or cultural boundaries and although the physical effects may not be life threatening the symptoms can have a devastating effect on the quality of life of individuals, their families and friends. Failure to adequately treat or manage urinary incontinence can profoundly affect both the privacy and dignity of an individual and impose limitations on lifestyle, employment opportunities and social activities. Embarrassment and ignorance associated with urinary incontinence can prevent individuals seeking help with the added problem that urinary incontinence is considered by society in general a consequence of getting old.
Definition of urinary incontinence:-
'Incontinence is defined as the involuntary or inappropriate passing of urine that has an impact on social functioning or hygiene.'
Department of Health (1999) ‘Good practice in Continence Services’