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Study Urinary Urge Incontinence in Women
Nearly 35 percent of women over the age of 40 experience urinaryincontinence, which is associated with increased social isolation, falls and fractures. Women report that urinary incontinence is uncomfortable and embarrassing, and the inconvenience prompts them to seek treatment from their primary health care providers. However, primary care providers often have difficulty accurately diagnosing the specific type of urinary incontinence experienced by a woman. If this common condition could be precisely diagnosed and treated by the primary care provider, the advancement would mean a considerable public health benefit for women.
The Bridges study’s purpose is to determine if answers to a simple questionnaire can provide an accurate diagnosis of urinary urge incontinence that could be used by primary care providers. To treat women diagnosed with this problem, Bridges is using an FDA-approved medicine for urge incontinence called “fesoterodine” (ToviazÒ).
participants are asked to make a total of four clinic visits and one phone
visit during the first stage of the study, which takes place over a three-
month period. Study visits take place at the Department of Preventive
There is no cost to participate in the study and the medication is provided at no cost. Compensation is offered for a volunteer’s time and travel expenses.
C. Johnson, MD, UTHSC professor of preventive medicine, is the principal
investigator for the Bridges study. For
more information about Bridges or to become a study volunteer, please contact
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