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Gaceta Sanitaria

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DIOS-DIZ, J.M. et al. Prevalence of urinary incontinence in the population aged more than 64 years in Galicia, Spain. Gac Sanit [online]. 2003, vol.17, n.5, pp. 409-411. ISSN 0213-9111.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0213-91112003000500010.

Objective: To determine the prevalence of urinary incontinence in the Galician population aged more than 64 years. Methods: We performed a descriptive study, based on a personal interview with each individual from a sample of the target population. The sample was obtained through random sampling stratified into urban, semi-urban and rural of the Autonomous Community of Galicia. Subsequently, a random sample was extracted from the database of the individual health cards of selected localities. A total of 350 interviews in 12 sampling locations were performed. Results: The prevalence of urinary incontinence in Galicia in 2002 was 35.14% (95% CI: 31-38%, 15-28 for men and 38-51% for women). Conclusions: One out of three Galicians aged more than 64 years presents urinary incontinence. The prevalence is almost double in women.

Keywords : Urinary incontinence; Elderly; Galician population.

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