Facts and Statistics

  • Studies suggest that in the UK "major faecal incontinence" affects 1.4% of the general population over 40 years old and constipation affects between 3% and 15% of the population.1
  • In 2001 an English study about prevalence of faecal incontinence in adults over 40 years old said in its summary:
    "From a total sample of 10 116 respondents, 1.4% reported major faecal incontinence and 0.7% major faecal incontinence with bowel symptoms that had an impact on quality of life. Major faecal incontinence was significantly associated with a lot of impact on quality of life." 2
  • In the UK, 24% of older people are affected by urinary incontinence. Of those older people in institutional care, 30-60% are affected by urinary incontinence, and 25% by bowel incontinence.3
  • In 2002 the American-based International Federation for Gastrointestinal Disorders surveyed people who live with Irritable Bowel Syndrome and found that 25% of respondents with IBS reported loss of bowel control.4

About bladder incontinence

  • In 1998 the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that bladder control problems affect more than 200m people worldwide.5
  • The WHO also said that incontinence is a largely preventable and treatable condition and that it's "certainly not an inevitable consequence of ageing," adding that "the most typical reaction exhibited by patients when they are diagnosed with poor bladder control was not fear nor disbelief, but relief."6
  • In 2004 an American survey (by the National Association for Continence) reported that women wait 6.5 years and men 4.2 years after beginning to experience bladder control problems before seeing a healthcare professional.7

More facts and figures about bowel and bladder incontinence from the UK and Australia

UK

Australia

Internal links

External links

New terms and conditions and privacy policies apply when you leave this website

Footnote

  1. Jarret, M.E.D. et al. Systematic review of sacral nerve stimulation for faecal incontinence and constipation. British Journal of Surgery 2004; 91: 1559-1569. http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/abstract/109630867/ABSTRACT?CRETRY=1&SRETRY=0. (Abstract available. Article accessed 21.12.2006)
  2. Perry, S. et al. Prevalence of faecal incontinence in adults aged 40 years or more living in the community. Gut 2002; 50: 480-484. http://gut.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/50/4/480. (Abstract available. Article accessed 17.01.2006)
  3. Royal College of Physicians. Inadequate and Incomplete – Continence Care in the UK. Press release 23.11.2005 http://www.rcplondon.ac.uk (Accessed 10.10.2006) (http://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/news/news.asp?PR_id=290). Denis, L. et al. Continence Promotion: Prevention, Education and Organisation. Abrams, et al (eds) Third International Consultation on Incontinence 2004: Monaco; vol 1, p38.
  4. International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders. IBS in the Real World. IBS Research Findings by IFFGD. August 2002. (Accessed 12.10.2006.)
  5. World Health Organization Calls First International Consultation on Incontinence. Press Release WHO/49, 1 July 1998. http://www.who.int/inf-pr-1998/en/pr98-49.html (Accessed 12.10.2006)
  6. World Health Organization Calls First International Consultation on Incontinence. Press Release WHO/49, 1 July 1998. http://www.who.int/inf-pr-1998/en/pr98-49.html (Accessed 12.10.2006)
  7. Denis, L. et al. Continence Promotion: Prevention, Education and Organisation. Abrams, et al (eds) Third International Consultation on Incontinence 2004: Monaco; vol 1, p43.

New terms and conditions and privacy policies apply when you leave this website

gfx-mature-shopper

In 1998 the WHO said that incontinence is a largely preventable and treatable condition; that it's “certainly not an inevitable consequence of ageing”

This Web site and its content are provided by Medtronic UK Ltd for general information purposes only.