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Lack of clear diagnoses leaves incontinence untreated

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 14 September 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5002
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

    Too many people with bladder or bowel incontinence are not being given a diagnosis for their problem or treated for it, especially if they are frail and elderly or young with learning disabilities, an audit of NHS services in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland has found.

    The third audit of continence care since 2005 found that, in some settings, for four in 10 people with urinary incontinence no evidence is documented of the cause or type of incontinence they have. This indicates that they have not been fully assessed and that their treatment options will be limited, says the audit, which was commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership and …

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