Behavioral Training for Urinary Incontinence in Elderly Ambulatory Patients

Academic Article


  • Research questions addressed by this study were: 1) Is the treatment of chronic urinary incontinence (UI) in elderly, nondemented ambulatory patients using bladder‐sphincter biofeedback as effective when performed by an internist/geriatrician and a nurse practitioner as that reported by behavioral scientists?; and 2) how does bladder‐sphincter biofeedback compare to a program of behavioral training that does not utilize biofeedback? Twenty‐seven patients with ill were assigned based on the number of baseline accidents documented in a self‐maintained log, their sex, and the predominant pattern of symptoms (urge or stress) to one of two treatment groups: biofeedback (13 patients) or behavioral training not utilizing biofeedback (14 patients). Patients were given up to six treatments. Patients in both groups achieved a highly significant (P < .001) reduction in urinary accidents 1 month following treatments compared with their baseline number of accidents. The average reduction of accidents over this time period was 79% for the biofeedback group and 82% for the group receiving behavioral training without biofeedback. All patients showed improvement and no patient experienced any side effect. A internist /geriatrician and a geriatric nurse practitioner may achieve success utilizing behavioral therapy with or without biofeedback for the treatment of chronic urinary incontinence for ambulatory elderly patients. 1988 The American Geriatrics Society
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    Author List

  • Burton JR; Pearce KL; Burgio KL; Engel BT; Whitehead WE
  • Start Page

  • 693
  • End Page

  • 698
  • Volume

  • 36
  • Issue

  • 8