Evid Based Nurs 15:22-23 doi:10.1136/ebn.2011.100180
  • Care of the older person
  • Cohort study

In previously continent adults, aged 70 or older, use of urinary catheters or diapers while in hospital increases the risk of new urinary incontinence

  1. Ella McLafferty
  1. School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Dundee, Dundee, UK
  1. Correspondence to Ella McLafferty
    School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Dundee, 11 Airlie Place, Dundee DD1 4JH, UK; i.h.r.mclafferty{at}

Commentary on:

Implications for nursing practice of this research

  • The rationale for the use of all continence containment products should be documented in the nursing notes.

  • The use of reliable and valid urinary continence assessment measures are crucial in the identification of risk factors predisposing to the development of urinary incontinence in older people.

  • Implementing urinary continence promotion strategies to prevent the development of new onset urinary incontinence (UI) in hospitalised older people should be incorporated into nursing practice.

Implications for nursing research in light of this study

  • There is a need for further exploration of the reasons for the continued use of containment products in hospitalised older people.

  • Further research into the triggers that predispose UI in older people while in hospital is required.

  • There is a need for continued exploration of urinary continence promotion strategies that will prevent the development of UI in hospitalised older people.


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