Assessment and diagnosis of overactive bladder in women
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Assessment and diagnosis of overactive bladder in women

Angie Rantell Senior nurse in urogynaecology, King’s College Hospital, London

Overactive bladder (OAB) is a distressing problem that affects many women in the UK. Symptoms of OAB include urinary urgency with or without urgency incontinence, usually with frequency and nocturia. This article discusses the assessment of women reporting lower urinary tract symptoms, including simple tests to be performed and specialist investigations that may be required before a diagnosis of OAB can be confirmed.

Nursing Standard. 27, 52,35-40. doi: 10.7748/ns2013.08.27.52.35.e7389

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 03 December 2012

Accepted: 25 May 2013