The Experience of Community-Living Men Managing Fecal Incontinence
Article first published online: 4 DEC 2012
© 2012 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
Volume 37, Issue 6, pages 298–306, November/December 2012
How to Cite
Peden-McAlpine, C., Bliss, D., Becker, B. and Sherman, S. (2012), The Experience of Community-Living Men Managing Fecal Incontinence. Rehabilitation Nursing, 37: 298–306. doi: 10.1002/rnj.038
- Issue published online: 4 DEC 2012
- Article first published online: 4 DEC 2012
- brain injury;
- complementary therapies;
- family issues;
- quality of life;
- research: qualitative
The purpose of this study was to investigate the lived experience of men managing fecal incontinence (FI).
A phenomenological method was used to investigate the experience of FI. Eleven men participated in unstructured interviews. Van Manen's approach was used for data analysis.
The findings display men's experiences of living with FI through space, relationships, time and body. The essential theme generated from the analysis was “secret resignation.” Resignation of having FI was the main coping strategy of the men in this study and was reflected in the limited approaches they used to manage their symptoms. The common reason of the resignation was considering FI normal for them and a consequence of aging.
Discussion and Conclusion
The findings provide guidance to rehabilitation nurses to first inquire about the presence of FI, education men about its etiologies, and develop plans of care that address men's main concerns.