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ACA annouces commemorative award

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The ACA have announced a new award in honour of founder member Dorothy Mandelstam, who carried out pioneering continence work.

The annual award, sponsored by Bullen Healthcare, has a prize of £2000 and gives the winner the opportunity to present their paper at the ACA annual conference.

Award criteria

All applicants must be members of the ACA

Applicants should submit a 2000 word case study on intermittent self catheterization (ISC).

All submissions must include 4 of the 6 criteria identified below. For ease of writing, sub headings may be used for the 4 chosen criteria.

1. Historical perspective of ISC
2. Indications for ISC, to include patho-physiology.
3. Advantages of ISC
4. Patient education involved with ISC ( functional assessment, use of aids, leaflets etc)
5. Characteristics of catheters for ISC (design, packaging, convenience, handling, lubrication etc)
6. Patient perspective, qualitative research evidence.

All case study submissions should:
- Include a front title page - name and details should only appear on this page
- Respect patient confidentiality
- Avoid mentioning the manufacturer or distributer of any product by name
- Include a literature review
- Make practice recommendations referring to current research / literature
- Use Harvard referencing system
- Use 12 font / double spaced
- Adhere to the 2000 word limit (only 10% over is allowed)


Completed case studies should be submitted electronically to Fitwise, by 30th April 2010.
Judges Bullen Healthcare and the ACA Education Group.


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