Cost and Cost-Effectiveness of Treating Urgency Stress Incontinence-Results from a Randomized Controlled Trial Academic Article uri icon


  • Objectives Urgency urinary incontinence (UUI) has a substantial impact on patients' QOL and well-being, and may pose a substantial economic burden on patients and health insurers. We assessed the cost and cost-effectiveness of four conservative treatment modalities for UUI in Israel. Methods A total of 164 women were randomly allocated to one of four interventions: drug therapy (DT), bladder training (BT), pelvic floor muscle-training (PFMT), and combined pelvic floor rehabilitation (CPFR) and were followed over a period of 12-months. Resource utilization including physician encounters, dispensed prescriptions, physical therapist treatment and any other medical services was estimated for each study participant. We also estimated the women's self-reported utilizations of pads, laundry and new underwear. Total costs were calculated by multiplying the volumes of resource …

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  • January 1, 2013