Incontinence and sexuality
Section Co-ordinator: Lysanne Campeau & Chantal Dumoulin
Research Interests and Objectives
The primary objective of the Network’s Urinary Incontinence Research Section is to carry out multidisciplinary projects that link research findings to the development of clinical interventions targeting the problem of urinary incontinence in the elderly.
One of the Section’s key projects involved developing guidelines for managing urinary incontinence in long-term care facilities. Methods of implementing these guidelines were validated with eight focus groups of caregivers from three such facilities. Once this validation was completed, Section researchers developed plans for a pilot implementation project in collaboration with the Network’s Long-Term Care Research Section.
In 2001-2002, members of the Urinary Incontinence Research Section also conducted a study on the feasibility of using physiotherapy to treat incontinence in women over age 75. The results of this feasibility study were so conclusive that they led to plans for a broader study, which is now in progress. A survey on incontinent older women’s perceptions regarding health care has also been completed.
Because the concept of self-efficacy is used to study other geriatric problems, such as dementia, falls, and hip fractures, the members of the Urinary Incontinence Research Section have adopted it as a preferred tool for their research as well. They are now planning to develop a new tool to assess the results of self-efficacy-based interventions with incontinent elderly patients.