This study was conducted to determine the effect of urinary incontinence (UI) on the quality of life of women living in nursing homes in the Mediterranean region of Turkey.
The study was conducted on 95 women living in nursing homes in the Mediterranean region. Data were collected from a questionnaire on sociodemographic characteristics, the Urinary Incontinence Quality of Life Scale, the Index of Activities of Daily Living, and the International Consultation on Incontinence Questionnaire Short Form.
The quality of life of women who did not consider UI a health problem was significantly higher than that of those who considered otherwise. Mixed UI was the most common UI type among the women living in nursing homes, with a rate of 31.7%. According to the overall mean scores on the Urinary Incontinence Quality of Life Scale, quality of life was the most affected among women who had nocturnal incontinence. Quality of life was affected from most to least by the mixed type, stress type, and urge type of incontinence.
Early diagnosis and treatment of UI could be improved if health professionals, who have a unique role in changing the perception of society, offered training to women experiencing incontinence. Identifying this problem and determining and preventing the risk factors are important for enhancing women's quality of life.
Psychogeriatrics : the official journal of the Japanese Psychogeriatric Society. 2017 Jun 06 [Epub ahead of print]
Sinem Göral Türkcü, Kamile Kukulu
Pamukkale University, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Nursing, Denizli, Turkey., Akdeniz University, Nursing Faculty, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Nursing, Antalya, Turkey.