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Urinary and fecal incontinence are independently associated with falls risk among older women and men with complex needs: A national population study

Neurourology and Urodynamics Feb 11, 2020

Schluter PJ, et al. - A national population study was designed to ascertain the relationships between urinary incontinence (UI), fecal incontinence (FI), and falls risk among community-dwelling older women and men with complex needs, after controlling for confounders. A total of 57,781 (61.8%) women and 35,681 (38.2%) men were eligible, contributing 138,302 interRAI-HC evaluations. In this study, 82.0 years (range: 65-109 years) was the average age; high falls risk was common, observed among 8.8% of women and 12.4% of men; and 43.7% of women and 33.7% of men informed some incontinence, at first assessment. The outcomes of this study indicated that urinary incontinence and fecal incontinence are common, have separate relationships with falls risk among women and men, and would help from routine screening in primary health care for older adults.
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