A suite of evidence-based continence assessment tools for residential aged care

O'Connell, Beverly, Ostaszkiewicz, Joan and Hawkins, Mary 2011, A suite of evidence-based continence assessment tools for residential aged care, Australasian journal on ageing, vol. 30, no. 1, pp. 27-32, doi: 10.1111/j.1741-6612.2010.00449.x.

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Title A suite of evidence-based continence assessment tools for residential aged care
Author(s) O'Connell, Beverly
Ostaszkiewicz, JoanORCID iD for Ostaszkiewicz, Joan orcid.org/0000-0003-4159-4493
Hawkins, Mary
Journal name Australasian journal on ageing
Volume number 30
Issue number 1
Start page 27
End page 32
Total pages 6
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of publication Richmond, Vic.
Publication date 2011-03
ISSN 1440-6381
Keyword(s) evidence-based practice
faecal incontinence
nursing assessment
nursing home
urinary incontinence
Summary The management of incontinence in residential aged care facilities presents staff with considerable challenges. In order to support the residential aged care workforce to provide evidence-based continence care, we developed a suite of evidence-based continence assessment tools and an accompanying educational resource for use in the residential aged care sector. The tools comply with international and accreditation standards. They address urinary and faceal incontinence and other bladder and bowel symptoms. They also include a number of cues to guide staff to assess and manage residents’ continence care needs and refer as needed. An evaluation of the tools conducted in 18 residential aged care facilities across three states revealed that staff members found the tools helpful, clear, simple and user-friendly. This paper provides a description of the newly developed suite of continence assessment tools for residential aged care and the accompanying education resources, and presents staff perspectives on their clinical usefulness.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1741-6612.2010.00449.x
Field of Research 111001 Aged Care Nursing
Socio Economic Objective 920210 (60%), 920502 (30%), 920205 (10%)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011 The Authors
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30034484

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