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A joint UBC Okanagan-Interior Health study is looking for people who've pee'd their pants.

Urinary incontinence affects 3.5 million Canadians. According to the Canadian Urinary Bladder Survey, 16 per cent of men and 33 per cent of women over 40 have some symptoms.

The impact on older adults can be significant, with serious physical, psychological, and social consequences. On average, they suffer in silence for years before they seek health care. 

Left untreated, the incontinence can worsen, creating greater management challenges for both patients and health providers.  

Darlene Taylor, assistant professor at UBCO's School of Nursing, says the medical study on self-screening has so far recruited 10 people, but needs 26 more.

The study's objective is to increase awareness of urinary incontinence and to promote timely treatment. It will develop and test a self-screening process at the community level.

The hope is that older adults exposed to the self-screening process will follow up with health professionals to receive help. 

The study initially sought participants at seniors centres in the Central Okanagan, but has since broadened to include anyone 65 or older interested in participating.

To take part, email [email protected] or phone 250-807-9511.



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