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'Incontinence can profoundly hit confidence'

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We all have a perception of the person with incontinence: the new mother with stress incontinence; the middle-aged man recovering from a prostatectomy; or the older person with dementia. But do we ever think of young people?

The article here notes that continence problems are common among young people but there is very little research to guide care. Conscious of the stigma associated with incontinence, parents may be slow to seek help for their child. Continence problems extending into adolescence can have a profound effect on confidence, self-esteem and quality of life.

Our article here cites similar issues affecting older people with continence problems. Both articles highlight the importance of health professionals being equipped with the skills to discuss incontinence and direct patients to appropriate care.

Eileen Shepherd is deputy practice editor of Nursing Times

eileen.shepherd@emap.com Twitter @EileenShepherd

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