Impact of overactive bladder symptoms on work activity: The ACTIVHA study

To analyse the impact of overactive bladder (OAB) symptoms on the work activity of patients in Spain.

An observational, multicentre cross-sectional study was conducted with 149 urologists and 131 gynaecologists of Spain and included patients diagnosed with OAB, according to clinical judgment, who were of working age (18-65 years). We collected sociodemographic, clinical and work activity data. The patients filled out the Bladder Control Self-Assessment Questionnaire (B-SAQ) and the Work Productivity and Activity Impairment Questionnaire-General Health (WPAI-GH). The effect of each symptom on the daily and occupational activity was assessed. The results were stratified according to sex and the presence of emergency and urinary incontinence (UI) according to the B-SAQ.

We assessed 768 patients (89% women), with a mean (SD) age of 52.5 (9.3) years and 2.6 (2.6) years of OAB progression. The most common symptoms according to the patients were urgent urination (89.8%), nocturia (75.7%), urge incontinence (68.5%) and frequent urination (68.2%). Ninety-six percent of the patients adopted adaptive measures for their OAB. According to the B-SAQ, 543 patients (71%) presented urgent urination; of these, 294 (54%) showed UI. The symptom that most affected work activity was frequent urination (59.8%). According to the WPAI-GH, the patients reported an impact of 32% during the workday (41% in patients with urgent urination and UI) and a loss of work time of 6.5% (9.9% in patients with urgent urination and UI).

The symptoms of OAB negatively affect work activity, especially in patients who have urgent urination and UI.

Actas urologicas espanolas. 2017 Nov 02 [Epub ahead of print]

M Rapariz, A M Mora, M Roset

Servicio de Urología, Hospital de Gran Canaria Dr. Negrín, Gran Canaria, España. Electronic address: ., Astellas Pharma, Madrid, España., Real World Insights, QuintilesIMS, Barcelona, España.