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Non-surgical Treatments for Urinary Incontinence in Adult Women: Diagnosis and Comparative Effectiveness
Approaches to Diagnosis of UI (2 of 3)
Methods for clinical diagnosis include:
- Patient reports of symptoms
- Checklists and scales
- Voiding diaries
- Cotton swab test (“Q-Tip® ” test for urethral hypermobility)
- Cough test, Valsalva maneuver
- Pad test (urine collection)
- Post-void residual volume (ultrasound or catheter)
- Shamliyan T, Wyman J, Sainfort F, et al. Nonsurgical Treatments for Urinary Incontinence in Adult Women: Diagnosis and Comparative Effectiveness. Comparative Effectiveness Review No. 36 (Prepared by the Minnesota Evidence-based Practice Center under Contract No. 290-2007-10064-I). Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; April 2012. AHRQ Publication No. 11(12)-EHC074-EF. Available at www.effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/ui.cfm.
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