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Urinary incontinence in women: clinical review


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Urinary incontinence affects up to 40% of women, depending on their age, and can have a significant effect on their psychological and social wellbeing.

This resource reviews the assessment, classification and management of women presenting with urinary incontinence (UI). Key learning points include transient causes, associated drugs, when to consider urgent or routine referral, and pharmacological treatment of overactive bladder (OAB).


After completing this module, you should be better able to:

  • Take a detailed history to determine the type of incontinence described
  • Examine the patient and investigate appropriately
  • Discuss self help strategies with your patients
  • Choose an appropriate first-line treatment


Dr Alvaro Bedoya-Ronga, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford; Miss Wing Han Cheung, Locum consultant, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford and Mr Ian Currie, Consultant in obstetrics & gynaecology, Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

This resource is provided at an advanced level by MIMS Learning. Read the article and reflect on what you have learned, then answer the test questions at the end.

Complete the resource to obtain a certificate of completion to include in your revalidation portfolio. You should record the time spent on this resource in your CPD log.