DOI: 10.12968/bjcn.2023.28.9.445 ISSN:

A holistic approach to assessing an individual with urinary incontinence

Anne Marie Kelly
  • Community and Home Care
  • General Medicine

Urinary incontinence can have an overwhelmingly negative impact on an individual's quality of life. The personal, physical, psychosocial and sexual implications of urinary incontinence can affect health and well-being. This can increase the risk of falls, depression, anxiety, social isolation alongside a greater need for long-term care from a individual's own home. Statically, the prevalence rates of urinary incontinence increases with age; however, incontinence is not an inevitable or acceptable part of ageing—symptoms can be improved and managed effectively for suffers of this common condition.

Urinary incontinence can be challenging to assess, address and overcome for individuals. However health professionals need to have the expertise and experience to undertake a comprehensive continence assessment. When assessment is completed evidence-based interventions can be recommended, implemented and subsequently evaluated.

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