Incontinence in a Manufacturing Setting: Women's Perceptions and Responses

Authors

  • Victoria L. Kirkland R.N., Ph.D.,

    1. Victoria L. Kirkland, RN, PhD, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Mary H. Palmer, PhD, RNC, Associate Professor, Rutgers, College of Nursing, Sheila T. Fitzgerald, PhD, RNC, Associate Professor, The Johns Hopkins University
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  • Mary H. Palmer Ph.D., R.N.C.,

    1. Victoria L. Kirkland, RN, PhD, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Mary H. Palmer, PhD, RNC, Associate Professor, Rutgers, College of Nursing, Sheila T. Fitzgerald, PhD, RNC, Associate Professor, The Johns Hopkins University
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  • Sheila T. Fitzgerald Ph.D., R.N.C.

    1. Victoria L. Kirkland, RN, PhD, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Mary H. Palmer, PhD, RNC, Associate Professor, Rutgers, College of Nursing, Sheila T. Fitzgerald, PhD, RNC, Associate Professor, The Johns Hopkins University
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Address correspondence to Victoria L. Kirkland, RN, PhD, 6029 Flat Rock Road Columbus, Georgia 31907.

Abstract

The true prevalence of urinary incontinence (UI) and its impact on the quality of life in working women are not well established. Many women do not report UI to a health care provider because they mistakenly believe UI is a natural part of aging. This situation exists despite the dissemination of a national guideline for UI in adults. The aims of this study were to (1) explore what incontinent women in a manufacturing setting name or identify as the proposed cause of urinary leakage (2) analyze an association between identifying a UI cause and reporting it to a health care provider and (3) determine how many women were aware of the AHCPR Guideline. The results indicate that the majority of incontinent women (62%) have not reported this to a health care provider. Most women attributed urinary leakage to parity and waiting too long to empty the bladder. There was no relationship between identifying a UI cause and reporting it to a health care provider. Only 2 of the women out of 78 had heard of the AHCPR Guideline but the majority of women wanted more information about UI (85%). Mechanisms are suggested for querying women with UI and disseminating the AHCPR Guideline.

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