A recent study suggests that too many visits to the bathroom can hamper an employee's productivity during business hours. Researchers at Thomas Jefferson University found that working adults with overactive bladder (OAB) experience more job interruptions, physical limitations, difficulty concentrating, and less productivity at work than individuals who are considered healthy.

The study included more than 2800 patients with OAB--of whom more than 1100 were employed. Females reported a greater level of mental work impairment than males, and minorities were found to experience greater mental and physical impairment while at work, as well as a decrease in work output. Individuals most affected by nocturia or urination at night, also experienced a greater loss in productivity.

"What's interesting about our findings is just how much nighttime OAB symptoms impact work function," stated Laura Pizzi, PharmD, MPH, Associate Director of Research in the Health Policy Department of Thomas Jefferson University. "Although one would suspect that frequent bathroom trips or discomfort during the workday would reduce performance, we found that nighttime symptoms greatly impair employees' on-the-job mental and physical functioning, job output, and ability to meet the demands of a work schedule."

The findings were from the Multicenter Assessment of Transdermal Therapy in Overactive Bladder with Oxybutynin TDS (MATRIX) study, funded by Watson Laboratories.

Overactive bladder (OAB) is a condition characterized by a sudden, uncomfortable need to urinate with or without urine leakage, usually with daytime and nighttime frequency, according to the American Urological Association. It is a condition that affects millions of people.

This study and others was recently presented at the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) 8th Annual European Congress in Florence, Italy and published in the November/December 2005 issue of Value in Health.

About Thomas Jefferson University

Thomas Jefferson University is composed of three schools--Jefferson Medical College, the Jefferson College of Graduate Studies and the Jefferson College of Health Professions. Founded in 1824, Jefferson Medical College is one of the largest private medical colleges in the nation. About ISPOR

ISPOR is a nonprofit, international organization that translates pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research into practice to ensure that society allocates scarce health care resources wisely, fairly, and efficiently.

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