This paper is intended to be a briefing document from The Canadian Continence Foundation (TCCF) to help policy-makers formulate evidence-informed policies to meet the unmet needs of Canadians living with incontinence.
Incontinence is a chronic condition that carries an enormous stigma. Patients are often reluctant to discuss this issue with their family, friends and physician and, as a result, there is significant under-reporting of symptoms. There are over 1 million cases of incontinence reported but The Cameron Institute (TCI) has estimated1for TCCF that the real figure is closer to 3.5 million – 10% of the Canadian population in 2014.
Incontinence can negatively affect all parts of a persons’ life: social interactions, sex life, ability to work, travel, play sports and participate in community life.