This study investigates experiences of the interdisciplinary rehabilitation team in the treatment of patients with urinary incontinence after stroke.
A qualitative approach was chosen. Ten members of an interdisciplinary treatment team were interviewed in a neurological inpatient rehabilitation setting.
Data were obtained via focus groups with nurses, physicians, physiotherapists, and occupational therapists in a rehabilitation clinic. The analysis followed the principles of qualitative content analysis.
According to the interdisciplinary treatment team, professionals and patients prioritize incontinence treatment differently. Challenges surrounding collaboration, communication, structural conditions, and the perception of intervention success were identified as barriers to promoting continence.
To overcome this discrepancy in treatment priority, awareness of poststroke urinary incontinence must be improved.
A key component is communication about urinary incontinence with patients and among team members.
1 University of Applied Sciences St. Gallen, Switzerland
2 Rehabilitation Centre Clinic Valens, Valens, Switzerland
3 University of Vienna, Austria
Correspondence: Myrta Kohler, Institute of Applied Nursing Science, University of Applied Sciences St. Gallen, Rosenbergstrasse 59, CH-9001 St. Gallen, Switzerland. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cite this article as: Kohler, M., Mayer, H., Kesselring, J., & Saxer, S. (2019). Post-CVA unpredictable incontinence. Rehabilitation Nursing, 44(2), 69–77. doi: 10.1097/rnj.0000000000000097