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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 192-194

What is the prevalence of overactive bladder symptoms in a lower socioeconomic female population? A suggestion for a study in India

1 Department of Ob/Gyn, Woodhull Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY, USA
2 Department of Urology, Long Island Jewish Center, New Hyde Park, NY, USA
3 Department of Urology, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC, USA

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Gopal H Badlani
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Dept. of Urology, Medical Center Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC 27157
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0970-1591.32074

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Although it is suggested that in the United States overactive bladder affects one out of six individuals, this estimation may represent a subset of the population. Using a Pubmed literature search, many studies do not address those in a lower socioeconomic strata and the prevalence of overactive bladder may be higher. Overactive bladder symptoms may be under-reported in this population due to social stigma, lack of education or inaccessibility to medical care. This paper proposes to perform an epidemiological study incorporating validated incontinence questionnaires to assess the prevalence of overactive bladder symptoms among Indian women.

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