Skip to 0 minutes and 5 secondsHello and welcome to week 3 of your Understanding Continence Promotion course brought to you by the Association for Continence Advice. Last week we took an in-depth look at how we pee when everything’s working OK. Having seen how things should work, this week you’ll start to consider why things may go wrong. Over the next few activities you’ll explore typical causes of common bladder problems. And we’ll also take a look at other factors that can increase our risk of developing bladder dysfunction. In our case studies, you’ll meet people who live with a variety of bladder problems. You’ll also start to learn about their journey through assessment, diagnosis and treatment.

Skip to 0 minutes and 53 secondsAs you reflect on the experiences of the people in our case studies, we’d like you to think your own practice. Are there changes you might introduce to your approach to people living with bladder dysfunction? If you have any questions or thoughts on what you’re learning, please don’t forget to post them in the comments forum. I hope you find this week informative and enjoyable. Best of luck with it!

Welcome to week 3

This week we will focus on bladder dysfunction and you will explore the causes of and the factors affecting bladder function.

In this video, Professor Jo Booth welcomes you to week 3.

Last week you explored what ‘normal’ bladder function is in preparation for this week when you’ll start to consider why and how things may go wrong.

We start this week by looking at the causes of urinary incontinence with clinician Fiona Saunders.

Then we introduce you to four case studies who have different types of urinary incontinence:

  • Joyce who has an overactive bladder and Susan who has stress incontinence. You will find out how to identify these types of urinary storage incontinence.
  • Jean who has an underactive bladder and James who has bladder outlet obstruction. You will find out how to identify these types of urinary voiding incontinence.

Your task

As you reflect on the experiences of the people in our case studies, we’d like you to think about your own practice. Are there changes you might introduce to your approach to people living with bladder dysfunction?

Don’t forget to capture your thinking in your learning log or portfolio as you work through this week’s content.

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Understanding Continence Promotion: Effective Management of Bladder and Bowel Dysfunction in Adults

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