2008, Number 4
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ABSTRACTUrinary incontinence is a frequent geriatric syndrome, characterized by involuntary urine losses that have a negatively influence on the health, their functionality and social relationships in whom suffered it. Nevertheless, most of these patients are not diagnosed and they do not receive treatment. The objective of this clinical guideline is to provide recommendations based on the best scientific evidence available for diagnosis and treatment of the urinary incontinence in the elderly, at primary care attention. Articles of clinical relevance were selected based on clinical evidence and analyzed by two family physicians, one geriatrician, one gerontologist and two experts in methods for elaboration of clinical guidelines. To verify comprehension and clinical applicability, 4 workshops including 35 family physicians were carried out, and the corresponding adjustments were made. The clinical guideline can be a tool for physicians at primary care attention to classify urinary incontinence and to provide pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatment. Additionally, the guideline presents recommendations for identification of patients who need specialized care.
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