Assessment, prevention and treatment of faecal incontinence in older people
Alison Bardsley Principal lecturer, Adult nursing, Coventry University, England
Faecal incontinence is an impaired ability to control the passage of stool, often described as involuntary loss of solid or liquid stool, and the symptom of an underlying diagnosis. It is a common problem in older adults. Although not a life-threatening condition, it can have a significant negative effect on an individual’s quality of life and adverse medical, social and economic consequences. Due to the taboo and stigmatising nature of the condition many individuals do not seek assistance. Healthcare professionals should take every opportunity to ask about faecal incontinence symptoms so that symptomatic relief and treatment interventions can be initiated. There are several conservative approaches available for the treatment of faecal incontinence, which should be considered as first line to target symptomatic relief.
Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2018.e1050Citation
Bardsley A (2018) Assessment, prevention and treatment of faecal incontinence in older people. Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2018.e1050Peer review
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Published online: 19 September 2018