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Impact of a Continence Training Program on Patient Safety and Quality
Article first published online: 18 JUN 2012
© 2012 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
Volume 37, Issue 4, pages 180–184, July/August 2012
How to Cite
Grandstaff, M. and Lyons, D. (2012), Impact of a Continence Training Program on Patient Safety and Quality. Rehabilitation Nursing, 37: 180–184. doi: 10.1002/rnj.34
- Issue published online: 28 JUN 2012
- Article first published online: 18 JUN 2012
- brain injury;
- family issues
The purpose of this study is to examine the impact of an evidence-based training program on patient outcomes of continence, falls, and discharge disposition in the rehab population.
Criteria for inclusion required new onset of two or more episodes of urinary incontinence. Sixty-six subjects were enrolled with 33 subjects receiving evidence-based interventions.
The intervention group showed improvement in continence (p = .020), with no difference between groups on discharge disposition (p = .744). Results showed an unexpected higher occurrence of falls in the treatment group (p = .000).
Discussion and Clinical Relevance
This study supports existing literature indicating that continence is not an independent predictor of nursing home admission and offers new evidence that use of an evidence-based intervention bundle can significantly improve patient continence including those patients with mild to moderate cognitive impairment.