Shaping future directions for incontinence research in aging adults

Jean F. Wyman, Donna Z. Bliss, Molly C. Dougherty, Mikel Gray, Merrie Kaas, Diane K. Newman, Mary H. Palmer, Thelma J. Wells

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Background: The Center for Gerontological Nursing, School of Nursing, University of Minnesota, as part of the John A. Hartford Foundation's Geriatric Nursing Initiative, convened an invitational nursing research summit on incontinence in St. Paul, Minnesota on October 16-18, 2003. Objective: To identify new approaches for conducting urinary and fecal incontinence research in aging adults, identify strategies for reinvigorating and better positioning nursing research on incontinence, and develop recommendations for attracting new nurse investigators to incontinence research and facilitating their research training and mentorship. Method: Forty-seven researchers, project officers, clinician leaders, doctoral students, and consumer advocates from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Japan, Norway, and Australia attended a 1 1/2 day conference involving trigger talks, reaction papers, and small and large group discussions around broad thematic areas on incontinence research. Recommendations with suggested strategies were derived from the discussion groups. Results: Participants identified issues related to each of the summit objectives and discussed potential strategies to overcome these challenges. Twenty-one recommendations were derived: eleven recommendations focused on new approaches to incontinence research; eight on reinvigorating and repositioning nursing research on incontinence; and two on attracting and mentoring new investigators. Conclusions: The summit model used effectively engaged an international cadre of researchers and clinicians in stimulating discussions that yielded the identification of strategic directions for conducting and funding incontinence research and strategies for reinvigorating and repositioning nursing research on incontinence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S1-S10
JournalNursing research
Issue number6 SUPPL.
StatePublished - Nov 1 2004


  • Fecal incontinence
  • Nursing research
  • Urinary incontinence

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