What is it about?

Study finds most pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions improve urinary incontinence (UI) outcomes in women compared to no treatment. Future research will address barriers to the implementation of interventions as well as the efficacy and feasibility of nursing education programs to improve the implementation of UI treatment interventions.

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Why is it important?

Urinary incontinence is among the most common conditions encountered in nursing. Furthermore, UI is a highly prevalent, global, health problem that is costly and significantly negatively impacts the patients quality of life and health state. Evidence to better understand UI treatment is essential to improve the situation.


I hope this article will highlight the evidence for the treatment of UI. Increasing the awareness of possible treatments can help in their utilization. I also hope nurses can explore barriers to implementation of the evidence and also find ways to implement the evidence in practice. I believe there needs to be a paradigm shift where Nursing begins to view UI as a treatable medical condition rather than a hygiene task.

Nicole Zhang
Hartwick College

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This page is a summary of: Behavioural and pharmacological interventions are more effective than no treatment for urinary incontinence outcomes in women, Evidence-Based Nursing, July 2019, BMJ,
DOI: 10.1136/ebnurs-2019-103126.
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