Research Roundup | February 2019

Featured research: Overactive bladder an independent risk factor

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A set of three publications show overactive bladder (OAB) to be an independent predictor of worse health outcomes in patients who have other age-related conditions. Compared with dementia alone, dementia plus OAB was associated with a 43 percent greater risk of falls, a 23 percent greater risk of fracture, and a 275 percent greater risk of urinary tract infection. ( View the research here, PDF opens new window.) In an additional analysis of the same group of patients with dementia, OAB was associated with an increase in several forms of utilization. ( View here, PDF opens new window.) A similar study of patients with osteoporosis also found that OAB was associated with increased risks of falls and/or fractures, as well as utilization. ( View here, link opens new window.) Lead author Elly Caplan described the significance of these findings: “Appropriate monitoring and management of OAB could potentially reduce negative outcomes associated with this condition.”

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