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. Mar/Apr 2019;44(2):69-77.
doi: 10.1097/rnj.0000000000000097.

Post-Cerebrovascular Accident Unpredictable Incontinence: A Qualitative Analysis of an Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Team's Perspective

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Post-Cerebrovascular Accident Unpredictable Incontinence: A Qualitative Analysis of an Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Team's Perspective

Myrta Kohler et al. Rehabil Nurs. .

Abstract

Purpose: This study investigates experiences of the interdisciplinary rehabilitation team in the treatment of patients with urinary incontinence after stroke.

Design: A qualitative approach was chosen. Ten members of an interdisciplinary treatment team were interviewed in a neurological inpatient rehabilitation setting.

Methods: Data were obtained via focus groups with nurses, physicians, physiotherapists, and occupational therapists in a rehabilitation clinic. The analysis followed the principles of qualitative content analysis.

Findings: According to the interdisciplinary treatment team, professionals and patients prioritize incontinence treatment differently. Challenges surrounding collaboration, communication, structural conditions, and the perception of intervention success were identified as barriers to promoting continence.

Conclusion: To overcome this discrepancy in treatment priority, awareness of poststroke urinary incontinence must be improved.

Clinical relevance: A key component is communication about urinary incontinence with patients and among team members.

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