Mr. Tyrrell Lewis
Bachelor of Life Sciences, Bachelor of Life Sciences
Urinary incontinence (UI) is a common condition affecting 10-20% of women in Canada . Over 50% of these women do not seek care for their illness. This is important because UI can cause a significant negative impact on a person's physical, psychological and financial state . Knowledge gaps are among the most commonly identified barriers to care seeking behaviour. Contrarily, raised awareness can trigger an increase in care seeking behaviour. To explore this and other triggers to care seeking, we plan to conduct qualitative interviews with women about their transition from not seeking care to seeking care. Women who seek care typically do so after an average of 1-3 years with their disease. This transition period provides us with an opportunity to explore the thoughts, perceptions and motivations of non-care seeking and care-seeking states via semi-structured interviews.