This was a cross-sectional survey of adult gig workers recruited from a national registry of research volunteers. Participants completed an online questionnaire on toileting behaviors, bowel and lower urinary tract symptoms, and specific information about their gig position. Workers were grouped into two cohorts: sedentary, defined as ride-share drivers, and active workers, including delivery service, elder and child care, and labor-based tasks.
555 participants completed the survey, with 65% identifying as female (mean age 39.8 [SD -/+ 14.2]). 51% reported their gig position as their primary form of employment. Active workers trended towards a lower BMI and were younger than sedentary workers. Approximately 14% of respondents were uninsured, with only 0.5% obtaining insurance from their gig position. In a comparison of 91 sedentary and 464 active workers, a significant difference in urinary symptoms was not observed. (OR 0.99, (95% CI 0.59-1.68, p=0.996)). While there appears to be little change in bladder symptoms for workers, irrespective of job type, this data begins to understand the effect of the gig economy of urinary symptoms.
Presented by: Parisa Samimi, MD, Leah Chisholm, MD, Zhiguo Zhao, MS, Tan Ding, MS, W. Stuart Reynolds, MD, MPH, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Written by: Diane K. Newman, DNP, ANP-BC, FAAN, Adjunct Professor of Urology in Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania and Co-Director of the Penn Center for Continence and Pelvic Health during the 2021 Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine & Urogenital Reconstruction (SUFU) Winter Meeting