Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Assessment for a History of Incontinence

Assessment for a history of incontinence includes the following:

  • Frequency and pattern of incontinence.
  • Client’s awareness of the urge to void, and behaviours exhibited when needing to void.
  • Motivation to be continent.
  • Fluid intake.
  • Frequency of bowel movement.
  • Medical/surgical history.
  • Medications.
  • Functional ability.
  • Environmental barriers.
  • Presence of urinary tract infection.
  • History of urinary tract infection.
  • Identification of client goals/motivation.
Older Adults
Promoting Continence Using Prompted Voiding
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