Annual urinary incontinence screening recommended for women
A new clinical guideline from the Women's Preventive Services Initiative (WPSI) recommends annual screening for all women, even adolescents, for urinary incontinence. The guideline have been published recently in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.

Screening ideally should assess whether women experience urinary incontinence and whether it affects their activities and quality of life. The WPSI further recommends referring women for further evaluation and treatment if indicated.

"Although minimum screening intervals are unknown, given the prevalence of urinary incontinence, that many women do not volunteer symptoms, and the multiple, frequently changing risk factors associated with incontinence, annual testing is reasonable," the authors write.

Screening should include the use of validated assessment instruments that include questions about whether a woman has symptoms of urinary incontinence; the type and degree of incontinence; and how symptoms affect her health, function, and quality of life.

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