The Experience of Women From Underrepresented Groups With Urinary Incontinence: A Systematic Review

Verónica Blanco Gutiérrez, Vanora A. Hundley, Susan Way

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Abstract

Introduction: Urinary incontinence (UI) in women is a global public health issue. However, there is a limited understanding of the experience of women from underrepresented groups suffering from UI. The purpose of this systematic review was to examine current evidence regarding the experience of women with UI from these groups. Methodology: A systematic search was undertaken to retrieve research studies that answered the research question. Four qualitative research studies were included. The Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses guided this review. Results: Four themes emerged from this review: the perceived origin of UI, the physical, psychological, and social impact of UI, the impact of culture and religion on UI, and vice versa, and the interaction of women with health services. Discussion:Social determinants of health, such as religion and culture, need to be considered by professionals providing care if women from underrepresented groups experiencing UI are to receive optimal care.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Transcultural Nursing
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Publication statusPublished - Jun 2023

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