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What effect does incontinence have on patients and their families?

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5 key points

  1. National audits of continence care have repeatedly highlighted inadequate professional education
  2. Nurses receive on average 7.3 hours of education on continence in undergraduate programmes
  3. In the past five years, the amount of continence education most students receive has either stayed the same or gone down
  4. Core competencies in continence could be created for nurses and other professionals
  5. Better use of IT-based training and expert time would help fill training gaps


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  • What effect does incontinence have on patients and their families?
  • What are the consequences of failing to address continence problems when a patient is admitted to hospital?
  • How should you assess continence when a patient is admitted to hospital?
  • How is continence care and patient dignity linked?
  • The authors of this article describe continence care back to the floor rounds which facilitate bedside continence education, empowering ward nurses in good continence assessment and care. How could you improve continence care in your clinical area?

Is management of continence problems seen as a priority in your clinical area? If not, explain why?

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