Promoting urinary continence with older people: a selective literature review


  • Rona Agnew BSc, MSc, RGN, DNCert,

  • Jo Booth BSc (Hons), BA, PhD, RN, RNT

Jo Booth
Senior Research Fellow
School of Nursing
Midwifery and Community Health
Glasgow Caledonian University
Cowcaddens Road
Glasgow G4 0BA
Telephone: +44 141 331 8635


As the population of older people increases so does the prevalence of urinary incontinence experienced. Despite its complex aetiology most of the contributing factors are reversible, when accurate assessment leads to the development of a person-centred continence care plan. This selective literature review highlights that a change in perspective among older people and healthcare professionals will enable a focus on bladder rehabilitation and proactive approaches to managing urinary incontinence, even in the very frail population. The need to design tools to facilitate such developments is discussed together with the need for greater focus on educational support that considers the wider context and the multiple factors that influence practice.