Overactive bladder in women is a common chronic condition of urinary storage, affecting a significant proportion of the population. It is defined as a symptom diagnosis that indicates lower urinary tract dysfunction, in which patients experience urinary urgency, with or without urge incontinence, usually accompanied by frequency and nocturia. The diagnosis and treatment of overactive bladder are straightforward and systematic in line with national and international guidelines. However, women are required to disclose their bladder symptoms, and be motivated to make changes to their lifestyle to see improvements. This article focuses specifically on idiopathic detrusor overactivity; its diagnosis, treatment and psychological effects on women. Healthcare professionals require an understanding of the pathophysiology and treatment rationale for the condition to ensure appropriate management strategies for patients presenting to primary and secondary care are implemented.
Nursing standard (Royal College of Nursing (Great Britain) : 1987). 2016 Oct 26 [Epub]
Julie C Jenks
University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London, England.