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European UrologyVolume 62, issue 6, pages e95-e106, December 2012
EAU Guidelines on Surgical Treatment of Urinary Incontinence
Accepted 7 September 2012, Published online 18 September 2012, pages 1118 - 1129
The European Association of Urology (EAU) guidelines on urinary incontinence published in March 2012 have been rewritten based on an independent systematic review carried out by the EAU guidelines panel using a sustainable methodology.
We present a short version here of the full guidelines on the surgical treatment of patients with urinary incontinence, with the aim of dissemination to a wider audience.
Evidence appraisal included a pragmatic review of existing systematic reviews and independent new literature searches based on Population, Intervention, Comparator, Outcome (PICO) questions. The appraisal of papers was carried out by an international panel of experts, who also collaborated in a series of consensus discussions, to develop concise structured evidence summaries and action-based recommendations using a modified Oxford system.
The full version of the guidance is available online (www.uroweb.org/guidelines/online-guidelines/). The guidance includes algorithms that refer the reader back to the supporting evidence and have greater accessibility in daily clinical practice. Two original meta-analyses were carried out specifically for these guidelines and are included in this report.
These new guidelines present an up-to-date summary of the available evidence, together with clear clinical algorithms and action-based recommendations based on the best available evidence. Where high-level evidence is lacking, they present a consensus of expert panel opinion.
Keywords: Mixed urinary incontinence, Stress urinary incontinence, Urge urinary incontinence, Botulinum toxin A, Sacral nerve stimulation, Bulking agents, Urinary incontinence, Practice-based, Surgical treatment, Colposuspension, Slings, Compression devices, Cystoplasty, EAU guidelines.
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