Identifying strategies for managing urinary incontinence with women who have multiple sclerosis

Authors

  • Tina Koch PhD, RGN, BA,

    1. RDNS Chair in Domiciliary Nursing, School of Nursing, Flinders University of South Australia, GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, Australia,
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  • Shayne Kelly BA, RGN, GradDip(Health Counselling)

    1. Continence Nurse Adviser (Central Region), Royal District Nursing Service (South Australia), 708 Port Road, Beverley, South Australia 5009, Australia
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Abstract

• The aim of this pilot project was to identify strategies for managing incontinence with women who have multiple sclerosis (MS).

• The project used the formation of a group in which eight women with MS and four Continence Nurse Advisers (CNAs) and the first author were brought together.

• In the course of the research process, the women found a voice on a topic previously thought of as taboo. When they realized that they had suffered alone and in silence they felt empowered to act.

• In this way, the methodology evolved from group work into a participatory action research process (PAR), as the group initiated action.

• Participants formed a self-help group, and continued to meet with each other after the research had run its course.

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