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Stress urinary incontinence: study finds fourfold variation in use of surgery across England

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 29 August 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5318
  1. Stijntje Dijk,
  2. Pat Lok
  1. The BMJ

Women in some parts of England with stress urinary incontinence (SUI) are nearly four times more likely to have surgery than those living in other parts, a study has found.1

The researchers say that their findings reflect differences in how national guidelines are being interpreted in the context of the ongoing debate about the safety of SUI surgery. They have reiterated calls for a national monitoring scheme to follow up women who have had surgery to treat SUI.

The national cohort study, published in BMJ Open, involved 27 997 women who had undergone the surgery in England between April 2013 and March 2016.

The average rate of …

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