Promoting urinary continence in older women

This learning module has been accredited by the Royal College of Nursing and was last updated in 2019.

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Duration: 02:00:00 Type: CPD modules Level: Students, Qualified Nurses

Author

Alison Bardsley, Senior lecturer in adult nursing and course director for non-medical prescribing, Coventry University, Coventry.


Short description

Urinary incontinence is not an inevitable part of ageing. Discover how to identify older women with bladder symptoms and improve continence outcomes through education about lifestyle choices that aggravate or ameliorate urinary incontinence.


Detailed description

Continence promotion involves informing and educating the public and healthcare professionals that urinary incontinence is not an inevitable part of ageing, and can be treated or at least made more manageable. While awareness of urinary continence is improving slowly, the taboo around discussing incontinence remains. Women are at increased risk of developing urinary incontinence as they grow older because of physiological, functional and cognitive changes. Healthcare professionals can identify women with bladder symptoms by routinely asking trigger questions and can promote continence through education about lifestyle choices that aggravate or ameliorate urinary incontinence. This learning module discusses the main risk factors associated with urinary incontinence in older women and the ways in which healthcare professionals can help to identify those with symptoms of urinary incontinence.

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