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Development, implementation, and evaluation of a continence education package in acute and subacute care settings

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posted on 2005-03-01, 00:00 authored by B O`Connell, K Day, David Wellman, Linda Baker
OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study was to trial and evaluate the effect that a discharge Continence Education Package (CEP) had on patients' continence awareness and management preferences.
DESIGN: An exploratory descriptive design was used.
SETTINGS AND SUBJECTS: A total of 631 participants were included in the study: 352 females (55.8%) and 279 males (44.2%) from 4 rural and regional settings in Victoria, Australia.
INSTRUMENTS AND METHODS: A specifically designed questionnaire was used to assess participants' knowledge of incontinence and its management and also to investigate their treatment preferences and intentions if they experienced this type of problem. Data were collected at 2 time periods. Specifically, patients were interviewed before discharge from acute and subacute settings identified as Time 1 (T1). Then the participants were given the CEP and asked to complete a similar questionnaire.
RESULTS: The findings revealed that fewer than 25% of participants had received information on continence before the study being conducted, yet the majority had indicated that they had experienced continence symptoms. The majority of participants found the CEP easy to understand (98.2%) and helpful (95.3%). Most participants said it provided them with information about types of actions to take and/or treatment options for incontinence problems. It also raised their awareness of the signs and symptoms associated with incontinence and provided them with a useful self-administered gauge with which to assess their continence status.
CONCLUSIONS: These findings suggest that the CEP may be a useful educational tool for use in the general population.

History

Journal

Journal of wound, ostomy & continence nursing

Volume

32

Issue

2

Pagination

101 - 111

Publisher

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Location

Philadelphia, Pa.

ISSN

1071-5754

eISSN

1528-3976

Language

eng

Notes

Cover dates : April/May 2005

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2005, by the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society

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