Are activity limitations associated with lower urinary tract symptoms in stroke patients? A cross-sectional, clinical survey

Sigrid Tibaek, Gunvor Gard, Peter Klarskov, Helle K. Iversen, Christian Dehlendorff, Rigmor Jensen

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    Abstract

    Objective. To assess self-reported activity limitations in a clinical sample of stroke patients and to identify their association with prevalence, severity and impact on daily life of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS). Material and methods. A cross-sectional, clinical survey was initiated whereby stroke patients were invited to complete four activity limitations measurements: Barthel Index, mobility velocity, mobility distance, mobility aids and one LUTS measurement: the Danish Prostatic Symptom Score (DAN-PSS-1) questionnaire. Of 519 stroke patients, 482 subjects were eligible. Results. The response rate was 84%. The activity limitations were reported by 17-34% depending on the measurement. Mobility velocity was highly significantly associated (p=0.01) with severity of LUTS. In the LUTS incontinence symptom group, Barthel Index and mobility velocity were significantly associated with prevalence [p=0.03, odds ratio (OR) 2.08 and p=0.05, OR 1.87, respectively]. Barthel Index and mobility distance were also associated with severity (p=0.03 and p=0.04, respectively) and Barthel Index was associated with the prevalence of bother (p=0.02, OR 2.12). Conclusion. This study indicate for the first time that activity limitations are closely related to LUTS in stroke patients and that rehabilitation should also be directed towards the treatment of LUTS.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalScandinavian Journal of Urology and Nephrology
    Volume43
    Issue number5
    Pages (from-to)383-389
    ISSN0036-5599
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

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