About us

Welcome to Cochrane Incontinence

Our aim is to prepare, maintain and disseminate systematic reviews of the effectiveness of interventions for incontinence, including prevention, treatment and rehabilitation, concentrating on randomised controlled trials.

Cochrane Incontinence is one of more than 50 Review Groups within Cochrane, an international organisation dedicated to informing those who provide or receive health care on the best available evidence.

Our editorial base is located within the Institute of Health & Society, Newcastle University.


The focus of Cochrane Incontinence is interventions designed to prevent or treat incontinence, or aid rehabilitation. The problems covered include:

  • Urinary or faecal incontinence
  • Enterocutaneous or enterovesical fistulae
  • Enuresis
  • Day-time wetting in children
  • Encopresis
  • Post prostatectomy stress incontinence
  • Use of urinary catheters including catheter-related urinary tract infections (but not other urinary infections)
  • Neurogenic incontinence and retention
  • Post-operative urinary retention
  • Rectal or vaginal prolapse

We will predominantly use evidence from randomised or quasi-randomised controlled trials for evaluating relevant health care interventions.

Some reviews consider the management of incontinence in groups of people characterised by an underlying condition. Examples are incontinence after stroke, or associated with multiple sclerosis or spinal cord injury, and enuresis due to delayed childhood development. In these cases, Cochrane Incontinence shares editorial responsibility with the review group that is covering the underlying condition.