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Urinary Incontinence Self-report Questions: Reproducibility And Agreement With Bladder Diary

Catherine S. Bradley, J. Brown, S. K. Eeden, M. Schembri, A. Ragins, D. Thom
Published 2011 · Medicine

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Introduction and hypothesisThis study aims to measure self-report urinary incontinence questions’ reproducibility and agreement with bladder diary.MethodsData were analyzed from the Reproductive Risk of Incontinence Study at Kaiser. Participating women reporting at least weekly incontinence completed self-report incontinence questions and a 7-day bladder diary. Self-report question reproducibility was assessed and agreement between self-reported and diary-recorded voiding and incontinence frequency was measured. Test characteristics and area under the curve were calculated for self-reported incontinence types using diary as the gold standard.ResultsFive hundred ninety-one women were included and 425 completed a diary. The self-report questions had moderate reproducibility and self-reported and diary-recorded incontinence and voiding frequencies had moderate to good agreement. Self-reported incontinence types identified stress and urgency incontinence more accurately than mixed incontinence.ConclusionsSelf-report incontinence questions have moderate reproducibility and agreement with diary, and considering their minimal burden, are acceptable research tools in epidemiologic studies.
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