This study showed that the quality of life of
the patient with urinary incontinence is related to the complaints of the patients and not
to the urodynamic diagnosis. Other authors also had the same finding, which is obvious
because in urodynamic we do not measure the intensity of the problem.
We also know that there is a need to validate the questionnaires in Portuguese. This work
is part of a study line for the validation of a questionnaire in Portuguese, because the
language is important and changes the patients answers.
In relation with the patients complaints, we noticed that the stress urinary
incontinence complaint is correlated with a better quality of life. Patients with urgency
complaints, meaning, irritation complaints present a worse quality of life when compared
with patients with stress urinary incontinence and to patients with mixed complaints, they
had the worse scores of life quality.
In the analysis of the quality of life of the patients we cannot use a cutting point from
where we can establish a good quality of life. So, it is important to mention that this
study does not establish this cutting point; it just relates the patients complaint
with its impact in the quality of life of the patient.
The main methodological problem with the studies that use the quality of life of the
patient is the lack of a control group, because in this group the score would be 100.
With all this, we notice that besides being useful so an incontinent woman can come to
grips with the problem, a questionnaire on life quality has been used and even
standardized for an evaluation of the efficacy of the treatment of urinary incontinence.