Unveiling the Link Between Financial Strain and Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms

The association between financial strain and lower urinary tract symptoms LUTS and impact is caused by a lack of health care utilization and comorbidities, according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. LUTS such as urinary incontinence (UI), nocturia, frequent urination, or difficulties with bladder emptying often adversely impact quality of life and increase the risks of depression and anxiety. Data has indicated the risk of LUTS is increased by social determinants of health (SDOH) such as housing insecurity, food insecurity, financial insecurity, difficulty finding employment, and unreliable transportation. Read more.

Source: Contemporary OB/GYN, January 19, 2024

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The Annual Economic Burden of Urinary Incontinence Could Reach €87 Billion In 2030 If No Action Is Taken

New international research on the economic burden of urinary incontinence reveals that the cost of continence care will reach an estimated €69.1 billion in 2023. These costs include the impact of incontinence on individuals’ health, the costs of medical consultations and products such as continence pads, incontinence-related absenteeism at work, nursing home admissions, and the environmental impact of incontinence care. If no action is taken to support continence health, the economic burden could rise by 25% in 2030, to €86.7 billion. This economic burden becomes considerably higher when including caregiver costs. Read more.

Source: EurekAlert!, November 7, 2023