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, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to gathering and summarising the best evidence from research to help patients and clinicians make informed decisions about treatment.

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


The focus of Cochrane Incontinence's reviews is interventions designed to prevent or manage incontinence, which includes conditions such as:

  • Stress, urge or mixed urinary incontinence
  • Faecal incontinence, including associated constipation
  • Catheter care, including catheter-associated infections
  • Incontinence in children, including daytime wetting, bedwetting and faecal incontinence
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Painful bladder syndrome (interstitial cystitis)

Some reviews consider the management of incontinence in groups of people characterised by an underlying condition. Examples are incontinence after stroke, or incontinence associated with multiple sclerosis or spinal cord injury.