Physiotherapy for female stress urinary incontinence: a multicentre observational study

Patricia B. Neumann, Karen A. Grimmer, Ruth E. Grant, Virginia A. Gill.

The aim of this study was to evaluate Australian ambulatory physiotherapy management of stress urinary incontinence.  The study was an observational multicentre clinical study of physiotherapy management of female stress urinary incontinence between February 1999 and October 2000, with 1-year follow-up.  Of the 274 consenting subjects, at the end of the episode, 84% were cured and 9% improved on stress testing.  At 1 year, approximately 80% of respondents had positive outcomes on all outcome measures.  The authors conclude that physiotherapy management in Australian clinical settings is an effective treatment option for women with stress urinary incontinence.

The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 45, (3), 226–232.

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