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Incontinence

Volume 128: debated on Thursday 25 February 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will give his current best estimate of the number of incontinence sufferers in the United Kingdom; if he will give an estimate of the distribution in incontinence by age and sex; and if he will make a statement.

An epidemiological survey conducted by the Medical Research Council's epidemiology and medical care unit between 1976 and 1986 covering a sample of the general population in England and Wales showed rates of prevalence of urinary incontinence per thousand population as follows:

AgedNumber
Males
5–1469
15–6416

Aged

Number

Over 6569

Femaies

5–1451
15–6485
Over 65116

As faecal incontinence is less common, it is not possible to give precise prevalence figures.