Multiple sclerosis and continence issues : an exploratory study

Wollin, Judy, Bennie, Mary, Leech, Christine, Windsor, Carol A., & Spencer, Nancy (2005) Multiple sclerosis and continence issues : an exploratory study. British Journal of Nursing, 14(8), pp. 439-446.

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The study described in this article aimed to identify issues relating to incontinence and assess the impact of referral to a continence adviser on the lives of people with multiple sclerosis (MS). The study design used an in-depth, two-phase anonymous mail survey within a general community as nominated by the participants. Fifty-six people participated in phase 1 and eleven people completed phase 2. The results indicated that incontinence is a problem for the vast majority of participants — people with MS. One-third of the eligible participants took up the option of a consultation, assessment and treatment from a continence nurse. Reasons for not taking up the visit from the continence nurse included ‘managing OK’, ‘didn’t think it would help’, ‘embarrassed’ and ‘too busy’. Increasing awareness of urinary incontinence in the community is important and education needs to focus on at-risk groups in presenting the range of options available to assist people experiencing incontinence.

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ID Code: 63860
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Continence adviser, Incontinence, Multiple sclerosis, Urinary and bowel issues
ISSN: 0966-0461
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Deposited On: 01 Nov 2013 01:29
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2013 04:53

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