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released: 21 Jun 2013 author: AIHW media release

This report details the number of people who experienced severe incontinence in 2009, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics' Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers. It includes estimates of prevalence rates and total expenditure on incontinence, as well as the number of primary carers of people suffering from the condition. It also updates data development since the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare's 2006 incontinence report.

ISBN 978-1-74249-437-1; Cat. no. DIS 61; 164pp.; $20

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Summary
      • Who does incontinence affect?
      • How are people affected?
      • How much is spent on incontinence?
  • Body section
    • Section 1 Incontinence in Australia
    • 1 Introduction
      • Australian incontinence initiatives
      • Methods and data sources
    • 2 Definition and measurement of incontinence
      • Defining and classifying incontinence
      • Identifying incontinence in the SDAC
      • Types of incontinence
      • Measurement of severity
    • 3  Prevalence estimates and risk factors - a review of the literature
      • International prevalence estimates (people living in the community)
      • Australian prevalence estimates (people living in the community)
      • Prevalence estimates from residential aged care populations
      • Specific population groups
      • Associated risk factors
      • Effects on emotional wellbeing and quality of life
    • 4 Severe incontinence in Australia
      • Data source
      • Definitions
      • How many people does it affect?
      • Other incontinence-related issues
    • 5 Carers who help manage incontinence
      • Characteristics of carers
      • Effect of incontinence on the primary carer
    • 6  Expenditure
      • Estimated expenditure
      • Residential aged care
      • Hospital expenditure
      • Out-of-hospital medical services
      • Pharmaceuticals
      • Other health services
      • Stoma appliances
      • Continence aids
      • Burden of incontinence
    • Section 2 Developing Australian continence data standards
    • 7  Continence standards
      • Purpose
      • Background
      • International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health
      • Method
    • 8  Australian continence data collections
      • Population health and disability surveys
      • Administrative data collections
      • Health service data collections
    • 9  Mapping and comparability of continence data items
      • Main groupings in the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health
      • Data item comparability
      • Comparability with continence assessment tools
    • 10  Promoting  consistency in data collections
      • A menu of data items
      • Proposed data items
  • End matter
    • Appendix tables
    • Glossary
    • References

Recommended citation

AIHW 2013. Incontinence in Australia. Cat. no. DIS 61. Canberra: AIHW.

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