Prevalence of faecal incontinence in community-dwelling older people in Bali, Indonesia

I Gede Suyasa, Dongxia Xiao, Penelope Lynn, Pawel Skuza, Janice Paterson

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    Aim: To explore the prevalence rate of faecal incontinence in community-dwelling older people, associated factors, impact on quality of life and practices in managing faecal incontinence. Method: Using a cross-sectional design, 600 older people aged 60+ were randomly selected from a population of 2916 in Bali, Indonesia using a simple random sampling technique. Three hundred and three participants were interviewed (response rate 51%). Results: The prevalence of faecal incontinence was 22.4% (95% confidence interval (CI) 18.0-26.8). Self-reported constipation (odds ratio (OR) 3.68, 95% CI 1.87-7.24) and loose stools (OR 2.66, 95% CI 1.47-4.78) were significantly associated with faecal incontinence. There was a strong positive correlation between total bowel control score and total quality-of-life score (P < 0.001, rs = 0.61) indicating significant alterations in quality of life. The current management practices varied from changing diet, visiting health-care professionals, and using modern and traditional medicines. Conclusion: Faecal incontinence is common among community-dwelling older people in Bali.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)127-133
    Number of pages7
    JournalAustralasian Journal on Ageing
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2015


    • Epidemiology
    • Faecal incontinence
    • Indonesia
    • Quality of life
    • Risk factor


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