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Small-Group, Community-Member Intervention for Urinary and Bowel Incontinence: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Small-Group, Community-Member Intervention for Urinary and Bowel Incontinence: A Randomized Controlled Trial

More than 60% of older U.S. women suffer from urinary incontinence, bowel incontinence, or both, the annual cost of which exceeds $30 billion. In addition to significant negative effect on quality of life and depression,2 incontinence increases risk for institutionalization. HIP Investigator, Dr. Heidi Brown et al. evaluated the effects of Mind Over Matter: Healthy Bowels, Healthy Bladder, a small-group intervention, on urinary and bowel incontinence symptoms among older women with incontinence.

The authors found that participation in a small-group intervention improves symptoms of both urinary and bowel incontinence in older women. Mind Over Matter is a feasible model with potential to bring effective behavioral solutions to the community.

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