Outcome Evaluation of a Multi-Disciplinary Community-Based Continence Service for Australian Women

Winsome St John, Marianne Wallis
2004 Women & health  
Community-based continence care for women 2 of 23 Outcome evaluation of a multi-disciplinary community-based continence service for Australian women Community-based continence care for women 3 of 23 Outcome evaluation of a multi-disciplinary community-based continence service for Australian women Abstract This longitudinal study evaluated the effectiveness of a multi-disciplinary community-based service offering conservative treatment for Australian women suffering urinary incontinence and
more » ... continence and living independently in the community, in terms of urinary incontinence symptom severity, impact on quality of life and knowledge outcomes. One hundred and twenty-three women attending The Waterworx Centre, a multi-disciplinary, publicly funded community-based continence service in South East Queensland Australia participated in the study. They received multi-disciplinary conservative treatment for urinary incontinence, including comprehensive assessment and an individually-tailored plan of care. All the women were also linked back to their own generalist health professional for ongoing care and management. Data were collected over a one-year period: at first consultation, and at three months and six months following the first consultation. The International Continence Society Urinary Symptom Index Short Form -Female Outcome was used to measure urinary symptoms and impact on quality of life, and a researcher-developed test was used to measure changes in knowledge. Results showed that the women experienced an improvement in urinary symptoms and continence-related knowledge at three months following first consultation, and a decreased impact on quality of life, with these improvements either being sustained or increasing at six months. This study demonstrated that multi-disciplinary community-based services offering specialist conservative treatment for women suffering urinary incontinence can be effective in achieving improvements in urinary symptoms and continence-related knowledge and reducing the impact of urinary incontinence on quality of life. Community-based continence care for women 4 of 23 Outcome evaluation of a multi-disciplinary community-based continence service for women
doi:10.1300/j013v40n02_03 pmid:15778137 fatcat:ld4qhkxgi5g3jldpggmijjql2a