Urinary Incontinence Assessment

Urinary incontinence (UI) assessment should be part of every comprehensive geriatric nursing assessment, which should include:

Health professionals need to raise the subject of incontinence with at risk patients. Only about half of community dwelling adults over 60 years old seek help for their uncomplicated UI. The social stigma associated with UI often results in shame, depression, social isolation and reluctance to discuss symptoms. Reassuring the patient and caregivers that UI is common and that many symptoms can be controlled or eliminated may improve the quality of the assessment interview.

The adverse effects of UI depend upon multiple factors, including the patient's: health and cognitive status, age, gender, type of UI, health beliefs, coping skills and financial and social resources. A holistic nursing assessment will analyse these factors to differentiate between acute and chronic UI, identify the type of UI, identify the reversible causes of UI and identify the educational needs of the patient and caregivers.

Nurses need to be aware of factors that may increase the risk of incontinence:

UI screening and tests


Instant Feedback:

It can be helpful for patients to keep a written record of continent and incontinent voids.


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