Incontinence means losing or leaking urine when you don't want to! As many as 3.3 million Canadians - nearly 10% of the population - experience some form of urinary incontinence. Unfortunately, very few people talk to their doctor about their symptoms. According to the Canadian Urinary Bladder Survey, 16% of men and 33% of women over the age of 40 have symptoms of urinary incontinence but only 26% have discussed with their doctor.
This website is full of useful information and tips on bladder health and control, and how to manage incontinence. You can learn about urinary incontinence, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of bladder problems. We also have sections dedicated to fecal incontinence, bowel control and men's prostate health. We can also help you find a health care professional in your area, who has expertise in treating incontinence.
The Canadian Continence Foundation (TCCF) today released two documents, researched and written for them by The Cameron Institute, entitled – "Incontinence: The Canadian Perspective", and "The Impact of Incontinence in Canada". Urinary incontinence and fecal incontinence are the last two "taboo" health conditions which need light shed upon them.
The most common form of incontinence, urinary incontinence, affects individuals' ability to function in daily life. Canadians with urinary incontinence have more frequent visits to their physicians and spend more time in hospitals and nursing homes than those Canadians without it.
The prevalence of incontinence in Canada is about 10% of the population. That means approximately 3.5 million Canadians experience some form of incontinence. Individual research estimates for the prevalence of incontinence in Canada range from 2% to 50% of the population, depending upon the study, the research method, and the questions posed. For example, asking the question "are you incontinent?" will garner a dramatically lower rate of positive responses than the question "do you suffer from occasional leakage of urine?" There tends to be a greater prevalence of incontinence amongst women than men; it is believed that this difference is related to female child-bearing and other factors.
The number of individuals living with incontinence is likely to increase as the population ages, since the prevalence of the condition tends to increase with age. Incontinence occurs in more than half of community-dwelling women 45 years old and older; almost one of five women in the community reported urinary incontinence affecting normal activities.
Incontinence is not only costly to individuals, but also to employers and the health care system. An individual with incontinence will spend $1,400-$2,100 per year on products. Furthermore, incontinence cost Canadian employers over 11.5 million person-days of lost work, and over $2 billion in lost productivity in 2013. Incontinence also added $3.8 billion in health care costs to the Canadian system and in total, incontinence cost Canadians nearly $8.5 billion last year.
Amongst its 10 recommendations to policy-makers, TCCF urges governments to:
The Canadian Continence Foundation in collaboration with the Cameron Institute are pleased to announce the publication of a research article on fecal incontinence in the Public Health Research Journal: "Denial, Shame and Acceptance: Generating Base-line Knowledge and Understanding of Fecal Incontinence amongst Long-term Care Residents and Care Providers"
We would like to acknowledge the support of an unconditional research grant from SCA Americas, Personal Care, Canada; and thank Schlegel Villages for the participation of their patients and staff in this study.
The full article can be found here.
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