Management of Fecal Incontinence in Community-Living Adults

  • Frankie BatesEmail author
  • Donna Z. Bliss
  • Alison Bardsely
  • Winnie Ka Wai Yeung


This chapter focuses on mainly independent, community-dwelling adults who have fecal incontinence. Included in this chapter is a review of factors associated with fecal incontinence, considerations for assessment in this population, and recommendation for management. Management may involve lifestyle changes including diet modifications; behavioral interventions such as pelvic floor exercises, biofeedback therapy, and electrical stimulation; and extracorporeal magnetic innervation. The chapter also addresses using medications and containment with devices and absorbent products.


Incontinence management Community-living adults Self-management Behavioral therapies Absorbent products Incontinence containment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Frankie Bates
    • 1
    Email author
  • Donna Z. Bliss
    • 2
  • Alison Bardsely
    • 3
  • Winnie Ka Wai Yeung
    • 4
  1. 1.Urology Wellness ClinicSt. Joseph’s HospitalSaint JohnCanada
  2. 2.University of Minnesota School of NursingMinneapolisUSA
  3. 3.School of Health and Life SciencesCoventry UniversityCoventryUK
  4. 4.Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern HospitalChai WanChina

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