The role of geriatricians and family practitioners in the treatment of overactive bladder and incontinence

John Voytas
Reviews in Urology 2002, 4 Suppl 4: S44-9
Although the prevalence of overactive bladder (OAB) and that of its symptoms (urinary urge incontinence, urgency, and frequency) increase with age, these conditions are not necessarily normal consequences of aging. Patients who present with urinary symptoms should be evaluated and treated, whether they are living on their own or in a residential, assisted-care, or long-term-care environment. Effective treatment for OAB and urinary incontinence (UI) is available and improves quality of life for the elderly. The primary care physician and geriatrician can accomplish a basic evaluation for UI using a systematic approach, as detailed in the following pages.

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