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Table 1 Characteristics of the study population of female patients aged 55 years and older with urinary incontinence (N=225) N (%) or mean SD

From: Severity, not type, is the main predictor of decreased quality of life in elderly women with urinary incontinence: a population-based study as part of a randomized controlled trial in primary care

Age (years) 65.4 9.57
Body mass index 27.6 5.2
Charlson index a Value 0 - 1 193 (55.4)
  Value 2 - 3 30 (8.6)
  Value 6 2 (0.6)
Education b Low 59 (26.2)
  Medium 101 (44.9)
  High 64 (28.4)
  Unknown 1 (0.4)
Socioeconomic status score c Low 44 (19.6)
  Average 167 (74.2)
  High 14 (6.2)
Marital status No partner 56 (24.9)
  Partner 115 (51.1)
  Unknown 54 (24.0)
Self-reported type of urinary incontinence Stress incontinence 64 (28.4)
  Urgency incontinence 40 (17.8)
  Mixed incontinence 114 (50.7)
  Unknown 7 (3.1)
Severity of urinary incontinence according to the Incontinence Severity Index Slight 59 (26.2)
  Moderate 110 (48.9)
  Severe 43 (19.1)
  Very severe 8 (3.6)
  Unknown 5 (2.2)
  1. a Charlson index: weighted risk of mortality < 1 year, dependent on co-morbidity (score 6 as the highest risk).
  2. b Low: primary/junior secondary vocational education; medium: secondary/senior vocational/higher secondary education; high: higher professional/university education.
  3. c Dependent on income, employment and educational level according to the postal code of the area the participants live in (Netherlands Institute for Social Research, 2006).