ROLE OF URINARY INCONTINENCE IN DEPRESSION AND LIFE SATISFACTION IN GERIATRIC PATIENTS
Keywords:Urinary incontinence, depression, life satisfaction, geriatric patients
Background: Urinary incontinence (UI) is a highly prevalent in elderly people. The aim of the study was to see the relationship between urinary incontinence, depression, and life satisfaction in elderly patients. Moreover, it aimed to investigate the predictive role of UI in geriatric depression and life satisfaction in elderly patients.
Methods: This was the cross-sectional study. 83 patients (45% male and 55% female) with a mean age of 69 years (51-102 years) were included in this study. Self-report measures were used. Geriatric Depression Scale, Questionnaire for Urinary Incontinence Diagnosis, and life Satisfaction Scale were used for data collection.
Results: Results showed that geriatric depression is significantly positively associated with the UI and negatively associated with the Life satisfaction. UI is also negatively associated with Life satisfaction. In addition, age is significantly positively associated with geriatric depression and UI. Duration of illness is significantly positively associated with depression, whereas, education is negatively associated with depression and UI. Regression analysis showed that UI positively predicted the geriatric depression and negatively predicted the life satisfaction.
Conclusion: UI positively predicts Geriatric depression and lowers the life satisfaction. Timely assessment and effective management of UI may reduce the depressive symptomatology and enhance life satisfaction. Understanding the associations between these variables can have substantial implications for both clinical work and research in this area.