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Evaluation and management of overactive bladder: strategies for optimizing care

Authors Willis-Gray M, Dieter A, Geller E

Received 17 March 2016

Accepted for publication 30 May 2016

Published 27 July 2016 Volume 2016:8 Pages 113—122

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/RRU.S93636

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Marcella G Willis-Gray, Alexis A Dieter, Elizabeth J Geller

Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA

Abstract: Overactive bladder (OAB) is a common condition affecting millions of men and women worldwide. It is an embarrassing condition with far-reaching consequences. Although many treatment options exist, no single treatment has been proven to be most effective. Often a combination of therapy is required to successfully manage OAB symptoms. In this review, we provide an overview of OAB, including risk factors for development of OAB; keys to diagnosis; therapeutic options including conservative and medical management, as well as treatments for refractory OAB; when to consider referral to a specialist; and resources for clinicians and patients. The aim of this review is to inform clinicians regarding OAB management in order to improve patient counseling and care.

Keywords:
overactive bladder, urge incontinence, urinary incontinence, bladder training, lifestyle modifications

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