Conflict of interest: none.
Original Clinical Article
Article first published online: 27 JUL 2012
Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Neurourology and Urodynamics
Volume 32, Issue 3, pages 224–229, March 2013
How to Cite
McClurg, D., Cheater, F.M., Eustice, S., Burke, J., Jamieson, K. and Hagen, S. (2013), A multi-professional UK wide survey of undergraduate continence education. Neurourol. Urodyn., 32: 224–229. doi: 10.1002/nau.22284
Robert Pickard led the peer-review process as the Associate Editor responsible for the paper.
- Issue published online: 18 MAR 2013
- Article first published online: 27 JUL 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 23 MAY 2012
- Manuscript Received: 28 DEC 2011
- The Dunhill Medical Trust. Grant Number: R131/0709
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Findings from national audits and enquiries continue to report that care for patients with continence problems is often substandard and inadequate education is often cited as one of the probable causes. These factors combined with the forecasted increase in the number of people with incontinence prompted us to undertake a survey of all UK Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) to establish the amount of undergraduate continence education within relevant healthcare programs—medical, adult nursing, mental health nursing, learning disabilities nursing, children's nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, and occupational therapy.
An on line questionnaire targeted course program leads (n = 362) in all 86 HEIs in which undergraduate professional healthcare programs were provided (n = 362).
Main Outcome Measure
Eighty-six HEIs were approached, 85 agreed to participate in the survey. A response rate of 81% (n = 294/362 programs) was obtained: 14% (n = 42) of respondents reported that there was no continence-related education within their undergraduate program. The mean number of hours was 4.7 (SD 4.3), and ranged from 2.5 (SD 3.5) hr (Occupational Therapy) to 7.3 (SD 4.8) hr (Adult Nursing).
The survey results indicate that the amount of undergraduate education has changed little. Further research is needed to identify the most appropriate methods of delivering continence education and translate knowledge into improved patient outcomes. Adequate undergraduate continence education directed by the General Medical Council, Royal Colleges and Health Professional Council is required. Neurourol. Urodynam. 32: 224–229, 2013. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.