Does Urinary Incontinence Affect Middle-Aged and Older Women's Time Use and Activity Patterns?

TitleDoes Urinary Incontinence Affect Middle-Aged and Older Women's Time Use and Activity Patterns?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsFultz, NH, Fisher, GG, Jenkins, KRahrig
JournalObstetrics and Gynecology
Volume104
Issue6
Pagination1327-34
Call Numberpubs_2004_Fultz_etal.pdf
KeywordsHealth Conditions and Status
Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relationship between urinary incontinence and women s levels and hours of participation in 31 activities. METHODS: A subset of panel members from the Health and Retirement Study completed the self-administered Consumption and Activities Mail Survey questionnaire in 2001. These data were linked with Health and Retirement Study 2000 data. Analyses were limited to 2,190 female Consumption and Activities Mail Survey self-respondents born in 1947 or earlier. Logistic regression was used to predict activity participation. Linear regression was used to predict the number of hours of participation. RESULTS: The hypothesis that urinary incontinence affects women s time use and activity patterns was supported. Compared with the continent women, the incontinent women were less likely to have house cleaned, shopped, physically shown affection, or attended religious services in the recent past; and were more likely to have watched television or made music by singing or playing an instrument. Compared with continent activity participants, incontinent participants reported significantly fewer hours spent walking, communicating with friends and family by telephone or e-mail, working for pay, using a computer, and engaging in personal grooming and hygiene. CONCLUSION: These findings substantiate prior work on the relationship between urinary incontinence and quality of life, and suggest a useful route for educating patients about the impact of urinary incontinence. Clinicians must be alert to opportunities for encouraging incontinent women to be active. It is also important to consider the implications for time use and activity patterns when advising patients about treatment and management options. (Obstet Gynecol 2004;104:1327 34. 2004 by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.)

Endnote Keywords

Womens Health/Urinary Incontinence

Endnote ID

13162

Citation Key6948