Original Article

Economic parameters associated with the management of female urinary incontinence in the Greek population

Karachalios Charalampos, Bakas Panagiotis, Grigoriadis Charalampos, Liapis Ilias, Liapis Aggelos

Second Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Athens, Aretaieio Hospital, Athens, Greece

Correspondence: Karachalios Charalampos, Second Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Athens, Aretaieio Hospital, 76 Vasilissis Sophias Avenue, GR – 11528, Athens, Greece, E – mail: harrykarachalios@windowslive.com


Abstract

Introduction: Urinary incontinence (UI) generates great expenses for individuals and societies. The aim of this study was to analyze the economic burden of UI in the Greek female population and the National Health System (NHS) as well. Material and Methods: Participants completed a special questionnaire by personal interview. The study group consisted of 2,000 women between 20 and 80 years old. Most participants (39%) were between 20-39 years old, while 33% ranged between 40-59 years. Women 60-80 years old represented the 28% of the study group members. Half of the questionnaires were collected from the main cities and the other half came from smaller towns and rural areas. Results: UI was reported by 531 women (27%). Only 17% had sought medical advice. The total cost for patients and the NHS for the management of UI in Greece was estimated at €128,916,086.64 annually. Conclusions: UI is a common condition among Greek women. It leads both women and the NHS to a remarkable monthly financial charge. A strong effort of all health professionals to give responsible information and solutions in cooperation with specialized Urogynecology Clinics is needed.

Keywords: urinary incontinence, economy, cost, questionnaires

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