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"La Pérdida de Orina": Hispanic Women's Experience of Urinary Incontinence

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Urinary incontinence (UI) is a common, but under-reported problem, typically affecting multiparous older women during menopause. This mixed method study was completed as part of a larger study on the effectiveness of a behavioral intervention to prevent UI. The purpose of this study was to describe Hispanic women's perceptions about urinary incontinence using qualitative research methodology of focus groups, and quantitative measurement of UI symptoms and quality of life. Focus group findings documented the significant impact that UI has on the lives of Hispanic women (N = 31). Established instruments for the quantification of UI impact maintained reliability and validity when translated into Spanish. These findings will be used to develop a culturally competent intervention study targeting Hispanic women.

La incontinencia orinaria (IO) es un problema común, pero no siempre reportada. Afecta mujeres tipicamente durante la menopausia, y especialmente si tuvieron numerosos embarazos. Este estudio fue conducido como parte de una mayor investigación estudiando la eficacia de un tratamiento para prevenir la IO. El propósito de este estudio fue para describir los pensamientos de las mujeres Hispanas sobre el tema de la IO. Se utilizo métodos cualitativos con los grupos enfocados y medidas cuantitativos a las síntomas de la IO y la calidad de vida. Los hallazgo s del estudio demonstraron el impacto significante de la IO en la vida de las mujeres (N = 31). Los establecidos instrumentos para cuantificar la IO mantienen su confiabilidad y validez con la traducción al Español. Los resultados de este estudio seran usados para el desarrollo de estrategias para un tratamiento culturalmente competente para las mujeres Hispanas.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: 1: The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio 2: The University of Michigan Ann Arbor

Publication date: January 1, 2003

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