Addressing incontinence for people with dementia living at home: a documentary analysis of local English community nursing service continence policies and clinical guidance

Drennan, Vari M., Norrie, Caroline, Cole, Laura ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7194-5616 and Donovan, Sheila (2013) Addressing incontinence for people with dementia living at home: a documentary analysis of local English community nursing service continence policies and clinical guidance. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 22 (3-4). pp. 339-346. ISSN 0962-1067

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Abstract

Aim and objectives. To establish whether the problems and issues experienced by people with dementia living at home and their carers were addressed in the clinical guidance for continence management for community nursing services in England.

Background. Internationally, the numbers of people with dementia are rising. Managing incontinence is a significant issue as the presence of incontinence is one of the triggers for people with dementia to move their residence to a care home. People with dementia living at home and their family carers report difficulties in accessing knowledgeable professionals and acceptable continence products.

Design. A review by documentary analysis of clinical policies and guidance from a sample of community nursing services in all Strategic Health Authority regions of England.

Methods. A sample of clinical policy and guidance documents for continence assessment and management from up to four community nursing services in each of the ten Strategic Health Authority regions in England was sought. Documentary analysis was undertaken on the relevance of the documents identified for people with dementia living at home.

Findings. Ninety‐eight documents from 38 local community nursing services spread across ten Strategic Health Authority areas were obtained and analysed. Only in the documents of three services were nurses offered detailed guidance about the management of incontinence for people with dementia at home. In the documentation of only one service were people with dementia identified as a special case which warranted the provision of additional continence products.

Conclusion. Clinical guidance on continence assessment and management for community nurses in many parts of England does not address the specific needs of people with dementia living at home or their carers.

Relevance for clinical practice. Nurses working in community settings and those providing clinical leadership in continence care should review their clinical guidance and policies to ensure relevance for people with dementia living at home and their family carers.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Drennan, V.M., Norrie, C., Cole, L. and Donovan, S. (2013), Addressing incontinence for people with dementia living at home: a documentary analysis of local English community nursing service continence policies and clinical guidance. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 22: 339-346. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2702.2012.04125.x, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2702.2012.04125.x. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: continence, continence products, dementia, home, incontinence, policy
Subjects: Medicine and health > Clinical medicine > Dementia
Medicine and health > Nursing
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Depositing User: Laura Cole
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2021 11:01
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2021 11:01
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/7700

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