Tips for improving diagnostic accuracy and preventing UTIs

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are among the most commonly diagnosed infections in older adults, according to Aging Health. For women over age 65, the incidence rate of UTIs is over 10 percent. The incidence rate increases to almost 30 percent for women over age 85. However, these statistics don’t take into account the rate of UTI misdiagnosis in hospitalized older adults, which may be as high as 40 percent.

To improve treatment accuracy and patient outcomes, geriatrician Amanda Lathia, MD, and urologist Howard Goldman, MD, dispel the most common myths about UTIs in older adults and

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provide recommendations for diagnosis and prevention.

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