Journal article

Does the St. Mark's incontinence score reflect patients' perceptions? A review of 390 patients

Yasuko Maeda, David Pares, Christine Norton, Carolynne J Vaizey, Michael A Kamm

DISEASES OF THE COLON & RECTUM | SPRINGER | Published : 2008

Abstract

PURPOSE: The St. Mark's incontinence score is widely used to evaluate the severity of fecal incontinence. It is unknown to what extent such scores relate to patients' perceptions about their condition. The primary goal of this study was to assess this correlation. Secondary goals were to evaluate the relationship between different types of incontinence, age, gender, and the continence score and to assess the sensitivity of St. Mark's incontinence score to a change in patients' perception and outcome evaluation after treatment. METHODS: Patients' subjective perception of bowel control (using a 0-10 scale) and St. Mark's incontinence score for 390 patients were reviewed. Change in the score wa..

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