Lower Medical Help For Bladder Problems
(BlackDoctor.org) — A team led by Dr Sunny Kim from Florida International University looked at national Government databases covering visits to hospitals and family doctors. They found a large unmet medical need among Americans with OAB, even though it’s one of the 10 most common chronic medical conditions in the country.
The 1.5 million adults included in the American study had an OAB diagnostic code in their records but only a third had it listed as the primary reason for their visit.
“Our study suggests that OAB is greatly-undiagnosed and under-treated in America” says Dr Kim. “16 per cent of the adult population has the condition, but only one in every 25 sufferers actually seeks medical attention.”
“We believe that OAB is commonly under-reported in research because people taking part in studies feel embarrassed about OAB and because of the negative social stigma or shame many associate with the condition.