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Managing urinary incontinence at the end of life: an examination of the evidence that informs practice.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  24071836     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
To achieve a 'good' death, management of urinary incontinence at the end of life arguably should be as much a priority for nursing attention as managing symptoms such as pain and nausea. To understand how contemporary best practice is described and the nature of interventions prescribed for managing this issue, this article reviews the content of 16 seminal palliative care textbooks and 10 journal articles (retrieved through systematic search techniques) that discuss the management of urinary incontinence for patients at the end of life. The findings depict an area of nursing that has been governed by 'common sense' and precedent rather than evidence-based research, particularly regarding the use of indwelling urinary catheters. There is very little robust research evidence on this topic. Further research is required to ascertain the current state of practice in settings where patients who are approaching the end of life are cared for and the needs and preferences of patients and families.
Naomi Farrington; Mandy Fader; Alison Richardson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of palliative nursing     Volume:  19     ISSN:  1357-6321     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Palliat Nurs     Publication Date:  2013 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-09-27     Completed Date:  2014-01-28     Revised Date:  2014-01-30    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9506762     Medline TA:  Int J Palliat Nurs     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  449-56     Citation Subset:  N    
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MeSH Terms
Evidence-Based Nursing
Terminal Care*
Urinary Catheterization / nursing
Urinary Incontinence / nursing*
Comment In:
Ostomy Wound Manage. 2013 Dec;59(12):6-7

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