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What can community nurses do for older adults who experience faecal incontinence?

02 January 2019
Volume 24 · Issue 1

Faecal incontinence has multiple clinical signs and symptoms, and it has a catastropihc impact on an individual's quality of life. The signs and symptoms of faecal incontinence may vary from persistent protraction to rapid presentation (RCN, 2012). The prevalence of faecal incontinence is higher in the older population; however, health professionals must not accept that bowel dysfunction is an inevitable part of the aging process. Faecal incontinence is multidimensional with various comorbidities from fragility, urinary incontinence, faecal loading, structural abnormalities, cognitive impairment, functional disabilities, neurological disorders and depression (Goodman et al, 2017; Russell et al, 2017). It can negatively alter an individuals' lifestyle, causing social isolation, embarrassment, despair and even physiological discomfort, distress and pain (Markland, 2010; Razjouyan et al, 2015).

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