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Journal of Community Nursing (JCN) | February 2017

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Assessing patients with urinary incontinence: the basics

Assessing patients with urinary incontinence: the basics
Continence

Article topics: Assessment, Continence, Diagnosis, Rachel Leaver, Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence is a common problem in the UK, and one often seen by community nurses. While it is often associated with ageing, urinary incontinence can in fact have a number of causes and it is important that the community nurse is aware of the full range of aetiologies and presentations. Community nurses should have a good basic understanding of the causes of incontinence, be able to provide a basic first assessment, become adept at asking the right questions and be able to offer some conventional treatment and problem-solving strategies for immediate relief of symptoms. Most importantly, they should be able to identify when a patient will need referring to a specialist practitioner for more extensive assessment and investigation. This article looks at the assessment of urinary continence in the community, and outlines the common presentations that nurses should look out for.