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 Population Health Sciences Institute, Newcastle University.


The focus of Cochrane Incontinence's reviews is interventions designed to prevent, treat or manage incontinence and other problems related to the lower urinary tract and pelvic floor dysfunction. This includes conditions such as:

  • Stress, urge or mixed urinary incontinence
  • Overactive bladder
  • Faecal incontinence, including associated constipation
  • Urinary catheter care, including catheter-associated urinary tract infections
  • Incontinence in children, including daytime wetting, bedwetting and faecal incontinence
  • Nocturia
  • Bladder pain syndrome (interstitial cystitis)
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Vesicovaginal, urethrovaginal and rectovaginal fistulae
  • Rectal prolapse
  • Urinary retention/voiding dysfunction e.g. neurogenic, postoperative (but not prostate-related)
  • Urethral strictures
  • Urinary diversion

Incontinence issues related to benign and malignant prostate conditions are covered by Cochrane Urology, and non-catheter-related urinary tract infections are covered by Cochrane Kidney and Transplant