Bladder Management in Female Stroke Survivors: Translating Research into Practice
Article first published online: 26 JUL 2012
© 2012 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
Special Issue: Stroke Focused Issue
Volume 37, Issue 5, pages 220–230, September/October 2012
How to Cite
Cournan, M. (2012), Bladder Management in Female Stroke Survivors: Translating Research into Practice. Rehabilitation Nursing, 37: 220–230. doi: 10.1002/rnj.054
- Issue published online: 4 SEP 2012
- Article first published online: 26 JUL 2012
- bladder management;
- outcome measurement;
- outcomes model;
- quality health;
- urinary incontinence
Impaired bladder management is common after stroke. By implementing evidence-based interventions, comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation can assist the stroke survivor in improving bladder management skills. The study goal was to determine if these interventions could improve bladder function of these stroke survivors.
This research utilization project was implemented in a free-standing inpatient rehabilitation facility, on 35 female stroke survivors. Thirty-five patients discharged from the same facility immediately before implementation of these interventions were used as the control group.
Functional independence measure (FIM) bladder score was used to determine bladder function at admission and discharge, and to calculate FIM change. ANOVA results indicated that implementation of these interventions did significantly increase bladder FIM scores.
Consistent implementation of evidence-based interventions by an interdisciplinary rehabilitation team can influence bladder management skills in poststroke patients.