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Special Issue "Bladder Health in Women"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Women's Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 February 2020.
Interests: bladder health; women's health; aging; behavior and environment
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A Special Issue on women’s bladder health is timely given the prevalence of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) in women. Prevalent LUTS include urinary incontinence and overactive bladder; the burden of these conditions at the individual and societal levels increase as women age. Despite their prevalence, many women do not seek help for LUTS. They are costly to manage, affect work productivity and participation, and quality of life, and they are associated with other co-morbidities, e.g., depression and obesity. Until recently, LUTS interventions at the individual level have been the main research focus, but a paradigm shift is occurring as multi- and trans-disciplinary research efforts are identifying multi-level socio-ecological factors that may act as risk or protective factors of bladder health, which may lead to LUTS prevention and bladder health promotion interventions.
Recent research has provided evidence that the environment plays a significant role in women’s behaviors related to emptying their bladders. Some women avoid public restrooms or are unable, due to external constraints, to urinate in a timely manner while at work or school. In this Special Issue the emphasis is on the role of physical and social environments, access to and adequacy and availability of toilet facilities, and the influence of culture, public and institutional policies, group norms, common beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors on the bladder health of women of all ages.
Prof. Dr. Mary H. Palmer
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Lower urinary tract symptoms
- Urinary incontinence
- Overactive bladder
- Social environment
- Toilet facilities
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Toileting Behaviors of Adult Women: A Scoping Review
Authors: Xue, K., Wu, C. and Palmer, M.
Abstract: Urination is an essential bodily function to maintain health. Behaviors women use prior to and during urination, toileting behaviors, are shaped by intra-individual, interpersonal, social, environmental, and cultural factors. These behaviors may affect bladder health and be associated with lower urinary tract symptoms. This scoping review explored the state of the science on toileting behaviors in adult women, gaps in knowledge, and areas for future research.