Self-management of urinary and fecal incontinence

Mary H. Wilde, Donna Z. Bliss, Joanne Booth, Francine M. Cheater, Cara Tannenbaum

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OVERVIEW: Widely used by patients to control symptoms of chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma, and arthritis, self-management can also help patients with urinary or fecal incontinence. The authors discuss the principles of self-management, the behaviors and skills self-managing patients need to acquire, and the nurse's role in reinforcing their use. They then describe strategies that can be incorporated within the framework of self-management to control urinary, fecal, or dual incontinence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)38-45
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Nursing
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014


  • Fecal incontinence
  • Incontinence
  • Self-care
  • Self-management
  • Urinary incontinence

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