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Social adjustment and spouse relationships among women with stress incontinence before and after surgical treatment
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Psychiatry.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
1996 (English)In: Social Science and Medicine, ISSN 0277-9536, E-ISSN 1873-5347, Vol. 42, no 11, 1537-1544 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Forty-five women with stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and their partners have been interviewed three months before and one year after surgical treatment to investigate the social consequences of their impairment. One year after surgery 76% of the women reported that they were cured (group A, n = 34) and 24% that they were improved (group B, n = 11). The cured women were significantly younger than the improved women. The duration of urinary leakage before the operation was significantly shorter in group A than in group B. One year post surgery group A reported a significantly decrease in impediments to exert certain tasks due to urine leakage. As concerns leisure time, group A reported a higher level of overall activities before surgery than group B, whereas postsurgery both groups obtained about the same level of activities. Regarding social support, no differences between the groups occurred as concerns attachment. Furthermore, group A women showed a significantly higher degree of adequacy of social integration compared with group B. The majority of the couples could openly discuss sexual matters with their partners and were satisfied with their sexual life. More than half of the interviewed men reported an increase in sexual desire one year after their partners operation. Whereas about every third woman in both groups reported an increase in sexual desire. However, the frequency of intercourse did not change in any groups. In conclusion, this study underlines the importance of social factors in the assessment of the consequences of stress urinary incontinence and its treatment.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
1996. Vol. 42, no 11, 1537-1544 p.
Keyword [en]
stress urinary incontinence; social adjustment; leisure time; employment; spouse relationship; sexuality; social network
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-41777DOI: 10.1016/0277-9536(95)00250-2PubMedID: 8771636OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-41777DiVA: diva2:410272
Available from: 2011-04-13 Created: 2011-04-01 Last updated: 2017-12-11Bibliographically approved
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1. A holistic view of urinary stress incontinence in women
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A holistic view of urinary stress incontinence in women
1995 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The present study group consists of 45 women with genuine stress incontinence who were selected for surgical treatment and randomized either to retropubic urethrocystopexy (n=30) or pubococcygeal repair (n=15). The preoperative assessment included medical history, gynecological examination, urine analysis and culture, residual urine, pad test, frequency-continence charts, water urethrocystoscopy, continence test and cystometry with analysis of micturition. Moreover, five semistructured interviews were performed with the women and two with their partner. The following questionnaires were used measuring a) personality characteristics: Karolinska Scales of Personality (KSP), Eysenck Personality Inventory (EPI), b) depression: Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) and c) social support: Interview Schedule for Social Interaction (ISSI).

The results have shown that there was no difference in the subjective cure rate between the two surgical methods (73% vs. 80 % respectively). The bladder volume had increased in both groups and the intravesical pressure of the bladder filled to maximum had increased in the pubococcygeal repair group. Other urodynamic variables were unchanged by the operation. Pad tests have demonstrated that 67 % of the women in the urethrocystopexy group and 47 % in the pubococcygeal repair group ceased to leak urine. Postoperatively, 63 % of the women in the urethrocystopexy group needed high doses of analgesics compared with only 33 % in the pubococcygeal repair group. Among the women experiencing severe to very severe pain dysphoric subjects were overrepresented. Postoperative residual urine was a minor nursing problem in both groups.

Women with SUI of long duration scored significantly higher than controls on the KSP scales of somatic anxiety, psychic anxiety, psychasthenia, suspicion and on the EPI lie-scale. There was no significant difference in sexual activity before and after surgery. One or two sexual dysfunctions within the desire, excitement, orgasmic and resolution phase were reported by the majority of women both before and after surgical intervention.

The cured women reported a higher level of overall activities before surgery than the improved (i.e. not cured) women, whereas post surgery both the cured and the improved women obtained about the same level of activities. Regarding social support, no differences between the cured or improved women occured as concerns attachment. The cured women showed a higher degree of adequacy of social integration compared with the improved women.

In order to delineate predictive factors for the surgical outcome the following variables were investigated: age of patient, duration of urine leakage, parity, personality, psychological and social factors. The following predictors of the outcome of surgical treatment emerged: duration of stress incontinence, neuroticism and age of patient.

The results of the present study indicate the ecessity of a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment and nursing of women with SUI.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå University, 1995. 41 p.
Series
Umeå University medical dissertations, ISSN 0346-6612 ; 443
Keyword
Stress urinary incontinence, surgical treatment, urodynamics, pad test, nursing, personality characteristics, leisure time, spouse relationship, sexuality, social network, predictors, outcome
National Category
Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine
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urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-96892 (URN)91-7191-086-7 (ISBN)
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1995-09-22, Rosa salen, 9 tr, Tandläkarhögskolan i Umeå, Umeå universitet, Umeå, 09:00
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Diss. (sammanfattning) Umeå : Umeå universitet, 1995

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