Questionnaire survey of urinary incontinence in women with cystic fibrosis

BMJ. 2001 Jun 23;322(7301):1521. doi: 10.1136/bmj.322.7301.1521.


Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease characterised by the production of infected secretions, and it requires lifelong daily treatment by airway clearance. We knew that some women attending our clinic for adults with cystic fibrosis leaked urine when performing airway clearance or spirometry, but they were dismissive during discussion and were rarely forthcoming about the problem. This study was designed to determine the prevalence of urinary incontinence in women with cystic fibrosis, to establish the importance of the problem as perceived by the patients, and to identify those women who wanted help.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Attitude to Health
  • Cystic Fibrosis / complications*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Risk Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Urinary Incontinence / etiology*
  • Urinary Incontinence / psychology