Knowledge and practice of nursing home caregivers about urinary incontinence
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The aim of this study was to investigate nursing home caregivers’ knowledge and practice of urinary incontinence in Muğla-Turkey.
Knowledge and practice of urinary incontinence of 34 nursing home caregivers were assessed by a form originated from knowledge and practice instrument and urinary incontinence knowledge scale. Incontinence quiz was also used to assess knowledge about UI.
According to the analysis of the items from the knowledge and practice instrument, 20.6% of caregivers never control the amount of urinary incontinence in residents with dementia, document the amount of urinary incontinence and set up a toilet plan for residents with no or slight mental incapacity. According to the analysis of the items from the urinary incontinence knowledge scale, majority of caregivers considered urinary incontinence as a normal result of aging. The mean incontinence quiz score of all participants was 5.5 ± 2.0, indicating poor knowledge about UI.
Findings indicate the need of developing strategies for improving knowledge and effective practice of urinary incontinence of nursing home caregivers.
KeywordsCaregiver Geriatrics Knowledge Practice Urinary incontinence
The authors thank Ömer Günay (physical trainer—Abide Hasan Nuri Öncüer Nursing Home) and İsmail Uysal (physiotherapist—Fethiye Nursing Home) for their valuable help in collecting data for the study.
All authors were responsible for critical revisions of the manuscript and for important intellectual content. All authors approved the final contents of the manuscript.
This study was funded by Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University Research Projects Coordination Office (Project Grant number 17/092 and the title “Knowledge and Practice of Nursing Home Caregivers about Urinary Incontinence”).
Compliance with ethical standards
Conflict of interest
The authors have no conflict of interest to declare.
This study was performed in accordance with the ethical standards as laid down in the 1964 Helsinki Declaration of Ethics Principles and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards. Administrative and ethical approvals for the study were obtained from Muğla Family and Social Policies Provincial Directorate and Scientific Research Ethical Board of Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University, respectively.
Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.
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