Title: Urinary and Fecal Incontinence: A training program for Children and Adolescents
Authors: Monika Equit, Heike Sambach, Justine Niemczyk, Alexander von Gontard
Reviewer: Rebecca Myatt, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
What was it like?
This is a short but highly academic and well researched book. It is divided into two sections. The first covers the theoretical background and definitions of incontinence during childhood and adolescence, including diagnosis, assessment and treatment. This is a detailed analysis with a large reference base. The second section is a therapy manual, designed for professionals working with both children and their parents. This provides specific advice for conducting individual training sessions and covers issues such as defining the type of problem, goal setting, analysis and evaluation of bladder and bowel elimination disorders. There are comprehensive worksheets and step-by-step guidance for running teaching sessions, which are both detailed and informative.
What were the highlights?
The section on conducting individual sessions was accessible and had many good ideas to engage the audience in discussion regarding their own problems as well as instructions on education about the causes of incontinence and strategies to overcome these issues. The text was complemented by illustrations of the worksheets used featuring a cartoon girl and boy as well as diagrams and charts. There is a CD-ROM included with the book that complements the bladder and bowel training program. This contains PDF files from which worksheets and materials can be printed.
Strengths & weaknesses:
Despite the bright, cartoon characters on the front cover this is a highly academic text. In the second section there are guidelines for running group sessions including suggestions on the type of language to use for the different ages of children involved. The book is extensively referenced throughout should further reading be required.
Who should read it?
Due to the academic nature of this piece of work it would be suitable for medical or senior nursing staff working with children and adolescents with urinary or fecal incontinence.