Prevalence of urinary incontinence in Korean women: An epidemiologic survey

Myung Soo Choo, Ja Hyeon Ku, Seung June Oh, Kyu Sung Lee, Jae Seung Paick, Ju Tae Seo, Duk Yoon Kim, Jeong Ju Lee, Jeong Gu Lee, Yong Gil Na, Dong Deuk Kwon, Won Hee Park

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    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of urinary incontinence (UI) in a Korean national community sample of female adults aged 30-79 years. During April 2003, a national Korea telephone survey using quota sampling methods was conducted. The clinically validated computer-assisted telephone interview approach was used in the survey. Of the 1,500 subjects contacted, 1,303 were successfully interviewed (response rate 86.9%). Overall, UI was reported by 40.8%, and 22.9, 3.1, and 14.9% reported pure stress, urge, and mixed UI, respectively. The prevalence of stress, urge, and mixed UI generally did not increase with age. Urge and mixed UI had a greater impact than stress UI on daily tasks (P<0.001), social life (P<0.001), depression or anxiety due to UI (P<0.001), worry about UI (P<0.001), sex life (P<0.001), wear protection due to UI (P 0.011), and quality of life (P<0.001). In subjects with pure stress UI, 28.3% reported impaired quality of life compared with 43.9% and 43.8% of subjects with urge and mixed UI. Of those individuals with stress, urge, and mixed UI, 19.1, 20.0, and 25.8% had the willingness to seek medical consultation. This study is the first to examine the prevalence of UI in Korean women. The present study revealed that there was a high prevalence of UI in this population. Our descriptive research provides a valuable insight into the need for tailored education to this population about UI.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1309-1315
    Number of pages7
    JournalInternational Urogynecology Journal
    Issue number11
    Publication statusPublished - 2007 Nov


    • Epidemiology
    • Prevalence
    • Quality of life
    • Survey
    • Urinary incontinence

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
    • Urology


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