The prevalence of urinary incontinence in American Indian women from a South Dakota tribe

Michael M. Fiegen, Kevin D. Benson, Jessica D. Hanson, Jennifer Prasek, Keith A. Hansen, Peter VanEerden

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Introduction and hypothesis: The purpose of this pilot study was to evaluate the prevalence and associated risk factors for urinary incontinence in a Northern Plains tribe of American Indian women. Methods: The Urogenital Distress Inventory-Short Form was used to assess urinary incontinence in a sample of American Indian women from one tribe. This was a cross-sectional convenience sampling of 234 eligible participants. Participant's ages ranged from 18 to 80 years. Stata/Se 9.1 software was used in statistical analysis. Results: The overall prevalence of urinary stress incontinence was 15.4%, urgency incontinence 2.14%, and mixed incontinence 20.5%. Both stress and urgency incontinence was found to be low in this sample population. Conclusions: A reduced prevalence of stress and urgency incontinence is seen in our sample. Our study group showed a high prevalence of known risk factors associated with urinary incontinence. We intend to extend our study for further understanding of this patient population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)473-479
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Urogynecology Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • American Indian women
  • National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
  • Urinary incontinence


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