Overactive Bladder Syndrome among Community-Dwelling Adults in Taiwan: Prevalence, Correlates, Perception, and Treatment SeekingYu H.-J.a · Liu C.-Y.b · Lee K.-L.c · Lee W.-C.d · Chen T.H.-H.e
aDepartment of Urology, National Taiwan University Hospital and College of Medicine, bHealth Bureau of Lienkiang County, cDepartment of Internal Medicine, National Taiwan University Hospital, dDepartment of Urology, Taipei City Hospital, and eDepartment of Preventive Medicine, College of Public Health, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
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Purpose: We investigated the prevalence, correlates, perception of overactive bladder syndrome (OAB) and doctor-consultation behavior among community adults. Subjects and Methods: This urological survey was part of a government-supported health utilization project conducted in Matsu, Taiwan. Participants (n = 1,827) completed a questionnaire collecting information on OAB, which was defined as urgency with either frequency or nocturia. Results: The age-adjusted prevalence of OAB was 16.9%, including 4.5% with urge incontinence. Age (p = 0.002), diabetes (p = 0.03), and benign prostatic hyperplasia (p < 0.001) in men, whereas diabetes (p = 0.01), hyperlipidemia (p = 0.03), stress incontinence (p < 0.001), and recurrent lower urinary tract infections (p = 0.02) in women were factors independently associated with OAB. Most people with OAB (69.0%) perceived little bother; only 13.0% had consulted doctors for this problem. Conclusion: Symptoms related to OAB are common among community-dwelling adults, yet most perceive it as a minor problem. Our results identify several factors that are significantly associated with OAB.
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