In this article, findings from a study that investigated the impact of incontinence on individuals and the impact of effective and ineffective health interventions for the management of incontinence on patient careers and health care are reported. Twenty-seven participants whose incontinence was judged by health professionals as being successfully managed or unsuccessfully managed were interviewed. The participants were 19 women and 8 men (mean age: 61 years). Twenty-two participants experienced urinary incontinence, 4 people experienced both urinary and fecal incontinence, and 1 woman experienced fecal constipation. The findings have been set in the context of the management of chronic conditions and provide illuminating evidence that may be useful when reviewing health care and health services. People who were actively involved with their care and who were involved with decision making felt that their incontinence was being effectively managed. Multiple referrals and the marshaling and targeting of health professionals and services also appeared to be associated with effective management of incontinence.
|Journal||Qualitative Health Research|
|Early online date||Sept 2000|
|Publication status||Published - Sept 2000|