Caregivers' and Care Recipients' Perceptions of Dealing with Urinary Incontinence


Medical College of Ohio School of Nursing, 3015 Arlington Avenue, Toledo, OH 43614-5803, or e-mail


A phenomenological study was conducted to answer the question: What can you tell me about dealing with urinary incontinence (UI)? This study was a pilot research project by the Maumee Bay Chapter of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses. Four dyads, caregivers and care recipients, living in home settings in northwestern Ohio composed the purposive sample. Transcription of each 1-hour interview was reviewed with Colaizzi's (1978) method of data analysis. The analysis identified two themes: coping with care deficits, and supporting care abilities in the caregiver-care recipient dyads. Caregiver suggestions were found that enhanced abilities to manage problems with UI. The study's findings contribute to rehabilitation nursing by providing important insights into dealing with UI from the perspectives of both caregivers and care recipients, by offering direction for nursing practice and education, and by being an impetus for further nursing research.