Urinary Symptoms and Parkinson’s Disease: The Patient’s Perspective
Research has found that urinary dysfunction can occur in up to 85% of individuals with PD and can adversely impact quality of life. Urinary symptoms can be experienced in many ways, including having an urgency to go to the bathroom, waking up to go to the bathroom, increased frequency, incomplete emptying, incontinence, among others. Urinary symptoms were reported to have a significant impact on day-to-day functions, engagement in public and social settings, and psychological well-being (i.e., depression and anxiety). Forty-one percent of the participants stated that urinary symptoms had a negative impact on quality of life.
Despite increased awareness of urinary symptoms for individuals with PD, greater insights from the patient’s perspective about the relationship between urinary symptoms, day-to-day living, and quality of life may help with adapting to and coping with PD. Our report provides you with the patient’s perspective.