Management of Urinary Incontinence Following Radical Prostatectomy

Brian McGlynn; Naels Al-Saffar; Helen Begg; Murat Gurun; Graham Hollins; Suzanne McPhee; Robert Meddings; Robert Meddings; Mary Tindall


Urol Nurs. 2004;24(6) 

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Nursing Implications

In health care, change is continuous and related to the consequences and implications of human, social, and cultural mutability. People are living longer, healthier lives and revolutionary advances in medical science and pharmacology have stimulated changes in patterns of care which in turn bring new challenges for all the caring professions. Public expectation is also increasing with people demanding accessible health care delivered promptly and to a uniformly high standard. The nature and velocity of change may create difficulties for individual practitioners but it also facilitates opportunities for role expansion, innovative service development, and increased collaborative care. Health care professionals must work more in teams. Professional boundaries and barriers must be dismantled and a strategy developed which allows for the blending of all services and the best possible chance of achieving the ultimate common goal of total patient care. Ultimately, this study outlines a complete change of practice in caring for patients undergoing radical prostatectomy. It demonstrates how the creation of a modernized, collaborative approach can significantly improve quality, promote the best use of resources, and at the same time be acceptable to patients.