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Urinary incontinence in hospitalised elderly patients : do nurses recognise and manage the problem?

Zürcher, Sabin and Saxer, Susi and Schwendimann, René. (2011) Urinary incontinence in hospitalised elderly patients : do nurses recognise and manage the problem? Nursing research and practice, 2011, 671302.

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Abstract

This study examined to what extent nurses recognize urinary incontinence (UI) in elderly hospital patients, what UI interventions nurses realize, and if elderly inpatients are willing to raise the topic during their hospital stay. A convenience sample of 78 elderly inpatients in a Swiss hospital were screened for UI and asked if they were willing to be questioned about UI during hospitalisation. Nursing records were analysed as to whether UI had been recognized, and to collect data on interventions. Forty-one patients (51%) screened positive for UI, of whom 10 (24%) were identified as such in their nursing records. The single intervention documented was the use of incontinence pads. Only 5 patients preferred not to be asked about UI at hospital. Nurses in the study hospital should systematically ask elderly patients about UI and provide them with information on interventions.
Faculties and Departments:03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Public Health > Institut für Pflegewissenschaft
UniBasel Contributors:Schwendimann, René
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Bibsysno:Link to catalogue
Publisher:Hindawi Publ.
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Last Modified:27 Feb 2014 15:45
Deposited On:27 Feb 2014 15:45

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