Stress urinary incontinence: treatment and support
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Stress urinary incontinence: treatment and support

Kate Williams Senior research fellow in nursing, Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester

Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is the involuntary leakage of urine. It is a common condition with medical and psychological consequences. Many women feel too embarrassed to seek help, therefore nurses must be aware of the symptoms and proactively identify patients. Most women with SUI would prefer to be treated in primary care settings. Specialists become involved when surgery, pelvic floor re-education and drug-based treatments are used.

Correspondence ksw6@le.ac.uk

Nursing Standard. 18, 31,45-52. doi: 10.7748/ns2004.04.18.31.45.c3590

Published in print: 14 April 2004

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