In early 2019 NAFC conducted its annual State of Incontinence Survey for all patient website visitors and subscribers.

The survey, sponsored by Allergan Foundation & Astellas, was administered through SurveyMonkey

It polled over 1,100 respondents across a range of incontinence topics, including diagnosis, treatment plans, emotional impact, willingness to discuss their condition with physician, personal relationships and more.

The objective of the survey was to better understand current patient behaviors, their attitudes regarding their incontinence treatments, their efforts to find help for their conditions, the way that their conditions impacted their lives and relationships, their interactions with healthcare professionals and their experience with incontinence products.

“With over 1,100 respondents fully completing the survey we were pleased with the high response rate we received, said Steven Gregg, Phd, Executive Director of The National Association For Continence. “Respondents took the time to write in their frustrations and concerns. It further stressed to us the importance of opening the lines of communication to a population of people who feel helpless and don’t know where to turn. We know there are doctors and institutions that can help them, but when we see that 25% are too embarrassed to talk to their doctor, another 22% believe it’s just a part of getting older and 8% believe nothing can be done, we know there is work to be done.” said Gregg.

NAFC intends to share this survey data to patients, healthcare professionals and industry members to generate a greater understanding of the stigma associated with incontinence and help patients and physicians work together to find greater success in the treatment of their incontinence issues.

“If we can show patients that there is a hope and there are new treatments and success stories, we think we can help shrink those numbers of patients that are held back from seeking treatment,” said Steve Gregg.

The survey data (full powerpoint, survey summary, social media images, video, email templates and in office discussion guide) will be released for purchase in the fall of 2019. Stay tuned for more information.

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