Nurses working in stroke rehabilitation do not view promotion of urinary continence as a priority.
This is the conclusion of a qualitative study that explored the nursing management of incontinence in the UK, Sweden and China.
Semi-structured interviews were undertaken with ten registered nurses from at least four different stroke units in these countries.
The researchers found that superficial continence assessment did not help to identify the cause of urinary incontinence or result in an individual plan of care. Patients frequently received care that focused on containment of their incontinence rather than interventions aimed at improving bladder function.
The authors identified that patients need an assessment bladder function that identifies the cause of incontinence and a plan of care that includes strategies to promote continence.
Journal of Clinical Nursing (2009); 18:7, 1049 - 1058