Mismatch between Arab women's preferences and options offered for treatment of stress urinary incontinence in the United Arab Emirates
AbstractStress urinary incontinence is a relatively common condition with a high burden of suffering that can be treated effectively with minimally invasive surgery. Treatment preferences for this condition in Arab women are not known, especially in regard to willingness to undergo surgery. In this survey of 404 women across the United Arab Emirates, 99 had self-reported stress urinary incontinence and 51% of these stated they would undergo surgery. This preference was not related to age, parity, education or severity of incontinence. However, of the 24 women who sought medical advice, only 5 recalled being offered surgical management by their physicians. Other treatments offered included medication [29%], pelvic exercise [38%] and bladder training . Even though half of the Arab Emirati women with stress urinary incontinence in our study were willing to undergo surgery, this treatment is not being offered routinely
George, S., Hashim, M.J., Al Belooshi, M.H.S., Al Hebsi, R.S., Bloushi, A.A. et al. (2012). Mismatch between Arab women's preferences and options offered for treatment of stress urinary incontinence in the United Arab Emirates. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/118508
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 18 (10), 1060-1064, 2012
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