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Pad Test Correlates With Subjective Leakage Assessment

Questionnaire scores are in concordance with one-hour pad test results for stress incontinence

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 29 (HealthDay News) -- There is concordance between the one-hour pad test and subjective assessment of stress urinary incontinence, according to research published in the December issue of Urology.

Michael Liebergall-Wischnitzer, R.N., Ph.D., of the Henrietta Szold Hadassah-Hebrew University School of Nursing in Jerusalem, and colleagues evaluated quality-of-life questionnaires regarding subjective urinary leakage and 731 one-hour clinical pad tests of 496 women participating in two randomized clinical trials (a pilot trial from 2001 to 2002 and a community-based trial from 2004 to 2006).

The researchers found significant associations between several of the questions on subjective leakage and the pad test results. They found a significant correlation between the pad test results and the quality-of-life questionnaire scores.

"The one-hour pad test should be one of several assessment instruments used to measure female urinary leakage when used together with patient history and subjective questionnaires regarding urinary incontinence and quality of life," the authors write.

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