Continence Efficacy Intervention Program for Community Residing Women with Stress Urinary Incontinence in Japan


Address correspondence to Jeung-Im Kim, School of Nursing, College of Medicine, SoonChunHyang University, P.O. Box 97 Asan Post Office, ChungNam, Korea. E-mail:


Many women in Japan have lived with urinary incontinence (UI). These women are not willing to visit the hospital with their problem of incontinence. Even if the women consent to a hospital visit, continence education is often very limited and patients may immediately stop looking for further treatment. Programs of effective education are needed. The Continence Efficacy Intervention Program (CEIP) was developed for patients and was designed to circumvent many of the obstacles common to stopping exercise.

In this study, a randomized trial was conducted to compare the effectiveness of this program to conventional intervention on exercise continuity. This report describes the study design, intervention program, and outcomes. Subjects were 48 women with stress urinary incontinence (SUI): the mean age was 53.5, the mean weight was 56.6 kg, and the average prevalent year was 6.5 years.

The CEIP phone interviews improved exercise continuity and urine loss symptom. Findings suggest that this intervention program is effective and readily available to the community-residing women with SUI.