Exploration of Nursing Care Strategies for the Management of Urinary Incontinence in Hospitalized Women

Karen A. Blanchette, BSN, RN


Urol Nurs. 2012;32(5):256-259. 

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A literature review was conducted to identify nursing care strategies for managing and minimizing UI among hospitalized women. Initial, secondary, and tertiary searches were performed using the CINAHL and MEDLINE databases. Incontinence, fecal incontinence, urinary incontinence, incontinence aids, condom catheters, incontinence pads, inpatients, acute diseases, hospitalization, nursing assessment, geriatric assessment, gerontologic nursing, nursing staff, and hospital were the initial keywords used. The secondary search used the keywords urinary incontinence, stress incontinence, urge incontinence, critical assessment tools, instrument construction, and instrument validation. The tertiary search used the keywords prevalence, cost, hydration, and medications.

These searches identified 39 relevant articles; 16 of these articles were included in the findings and final recommendations. The articles were located in nursing, medical, and pharmaceutical journals published between 1985 and 2010. Each article focused on managing UI using nursing care strategies. The Levels of Evidence, as described by Melnyk and Fineout-Overholt (2011), are displayed in Table 1.