Title

How to try this: Assessment of transient urinary incontinence in older adults

Document Type

Article

Peer Reviewed

1

Publication Date

2-1-2009

Journal, Book or Conference Title

The American Journal of Nursing

NLM Title Abbreviation

Am J Nurs

PubMed ID

19300009

DOI

10.1097/01.NAJ.0000345392.52704.6d

Abstract

Urinary incontinence in older adults is associated with an increased risk of institutionalization, as well as with urinary tract infections and depression. Transient urinary incontinence arises suddenly, lasts less than six months, and results from reversible causes. Many caregivers erroneously consider urinary incontinence to be inevitable in older adults, especially in hospitalized patients. Failure to identify and respond to transient urinary incontinence may lead to established incontinence and to other poor outcomes after hospital discharge. A bladder diary and a mnemonic are two methods nurses can use to assess for transient urinary incontinence and its treatable underlying causes. For a free online video showing nurses using these methods, go to http://links.lww.com/A311.

Keywords

Abbreviations as Topic, Activities of Daily Living, Acute Disease, Aged, Benchmarking/methods, Causality, Documentation, Evidence-Based Nursing, Female, Geriatric Assessment/methods, Humans, Medical History Taking/methods, Medical Records, Mobility Limitation, Nursing Assessment/methods, Nursing Records, Physical Examination/nursing, Urinary Incontinence/diagnosis/etiology/nursing

Published Article/Book Citation

The definitive version was published in The American Journal of Nursing, 109:2 (2009) pp.62-71; quiz 72. DOI:10.1097/01.NAJ.0000345392.52704.6d.

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URL

http://ir.uiowa.edu/nursing_pubs/1257