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Staffs’ experiences of the management of older adults with urinary incontinence
University of Borås, Faculty of Caring Science, Work Life and Social Welfare. (Äldreforskning)
University of Borås, Faculty of Caring Science, Work Life and Social Welfare. (Äldreforskning)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7117-9808
2016 (English)In: Healthy Aging Research, ISSN 2261-7434, Vol. 5, no 16, 1-11 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Urinary incontinence is a complex public health problem for older adults both in Sweden andinternationally. It is estimated that 50–80% of older adults in residential care facilities have problems withurinary incontinence. Several studies illuminate an attitude among residential care staff that incontinence is as anatural consequence of aging, which means that assessment and treatment are overlooked. There is also a lack ofknowledge and compliance as to whether or not care staff follows guidelines appropriately. Therefore, the aim ofthe present study was to describe staff experiences of the management of older adults with urinary incontinencein residential care facility.Methods: This explorative study took an inductive approach using 17 individual interviews with residential carestaff. Data were analyzed using qualitative content analysis.Results: Staff members’ experiences fell into three categories: staff members’ management, the impact of theresidential organization, and the creation of well-being factors for older adults with urinary incontinence.Members of staff had different views about what an investigation is and what measures are needed to managepatients effectively. To achieve a good individual patient care there is need of a greater knowledge about goodnursing, communication and dialogue between the various working groups.Conclusions: Staffs’ management, the organization’s impact, and creating wellbeing factors are central to olderadults’ influence and to experience quality of life. Implementing evidence-based practice requires a long-termprocess-focused approach to improve the structure of daily work and to encourage staffs’ learning andcompetence development.

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2016. Vol. 5, no 16, 1-11 p.
Keyword [en]
communication, health care, interview, nursing, older adults, urinary incontinence, residential care
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Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-10181OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-10181DiVA: diva2:942554
Available from: 2016-06-25 Created: 2016-06-25 Last updated: 2016-11-11Bibliographically approved

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