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Self-Management of Urinary and Fecal Incontinence

Wilde, Mary H. PhD, RN; Bliss, Donna Z. PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA; Booth, Joanne PhD, RN; Cheater, Francine M. PhD, RN; Tannenbaum, Cara MD, MSc

AJN The American Journal of Nursing: January 2014 - Volume 114 - Issue 1 - p 38–45
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000441794.78032.f9
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Overview Widely used by patients to control symptoms of chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma, and arthritis, self-management can also help patients with urinary or fecal incontinence. The authors discuss the principles of self-management, the behaviors and skills self-managing patients need to acquire, and the nurse's role in reinforcing their use. They then describe strategies that can be incorporated within the framework of self-management to control urinary, fecal, or dual incontinence.

The authors of this article provide strategies that can be incorporated within the framework of self-management to control urinary, fecal, or dual incontinence.

Mary H. Wilde is an associate professor at the University of Rochester School of Nursing, Rochester, NY. Donna Z. Bliss is a professor and the School of Nursing foundation professor of research at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Joanne Booth is a reader/research coordinator in the School of Health and Life Sciences at Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom. Francine M. Cheater is a professor and director of research in the School of Nursing Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, England, United Kingdom. Cara Tannenbaum is an associate professor of medicine at the Université de Montréal and director of the Geriatric Incontinence Clinic at the Institut Universitaire de Gériatrie de Montréal, Quebec, Canada. Contact author: Mary H. Wilde, mary_wilde@urmc.rochester.edu. The authors and planners have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

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