To evaluate the prevalence of urgency, urge incontinence and voiding symptoms, and their associations in older men and women.
A population-based cross-sectional survey was conducted involving 171 men and 227 women aged > or = 70 years. The data were collected by interview, with a response rate of 92.8%. Voiding symptoms were defined as weakened and/or intermittent stream. The prevalence of urgency, urge incontinence and voiding symptoms were calculated for men and women aged 70-79 and > or = 80 years. Logistic regression models were used to examine the association of voiding symptoms with urgency, with or without incontinence, adjusted in the separate models for age and in the combined model also for gender.
The prevalence of urge incontinence was higher than urgency alone in both men and women (23.9% vs. 9.8% and 36.4% vs. 8.6%, respectively); 71.9% of the men and 48.3% of the women reported voiding symptoms (P