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Surgical care for female urinary incontinence

The surgical care for female urinary incontinence project is led by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

The aim of the project is to improve the delivery and organisation of surgical services for women with urinary incontinence through investigating how access might be more equitable for patients and the quality of this care may be improved.

There are three sub-studies:

  • Examining variation in surgery and referrals, and what factors may influence this, using routinely collected primary and secondary care data
  • Exploring women’s experiences of urinary incontinence and the care they have received for this, through interviews
  • Investigating the importance of specific patient characteristics on clinicians’ decision-making


The first paper, outlining the variation in rates of surgery for women with urinary incontinence will be published in May 2018.

Lay-summaries of all outputs will be available on the project's website: