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  • Patient-Focused Urinary Incontinence Resources Now Available From AHRQ

    In its third-ever online "decision aid" tool, the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is focusing on women's urinary incontinence (UI), with information on the effectiveness of nonsurgical approaches to treatment.

    The newest AHRQ Decision Aid is a multimedia suite of patient-centered offerings on UI; it includes videos, graphics, in-depth explanations of various treatment approaches, and a self-assessment tool designed to help women understand possible treatment plans and identify possible questions to ask their health care providers. The resource is based on an AHRQ-funded review of 905 studies of nonsurgical approaches to UI conducted in 2012, and is the third such aid produced by AHRQ. Previous aids addressed prostate cancer and osteoporosis.

    After research conducted in 2008 suggested that as many as one-quarter of American women are affected by pelvic floor disorders such as UI, APTA reemphasized its recommendation that women consider examination and treatment from a physical therapist. In 2010, APTA provided guidance to AHRQ (.pdf) in its research efforts around UI, and the association offers several resources to members and the public, including the APTA Section on Women's Health and the PT's Guide to Incontinence. PTs looking for evidence-based research on UI treatment can find resources via the PT Now portal.