Published Papers - Abstract 892

Frawley J, Sibbritt D, Steel A, Chang S & Adams J. Complementary and Conventional Health-care Utilization Among Young Australian Women With Urinary Incontinence. Urology, 2017; 99(1): 92-99

Objective: To examine the relationship between health status and health service utilization (including conventional and complementary and alternative medicine [CAM]) accessed by women experiencing urinary incontinence (UI). Although a high number of younger women report symptoms of UI, such as leaking urine, only a small proportion seek help for these symptoms. Materials and Methods: The Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health is a large nationally representative study that investigates the health and well-being of women. The 2 most recent surveys (2006 and 2009) of the young cohort (women aged 28-33 and 31-36 respectively) were analyzed. Results: The presence of UI was 8.5% in 2006 (n?=?859) and 23.3% in 2009 (n?=?1878), whereas the percentage of women who sought help for their UI was 18.6% (n?=?160) and 2.2% (n?=?182) respectively. Women with UI had poorer health compared with women without UI (P?Return