Skip to 0 minutes and 5 secondsHello and welcome to week 5 of your Understanding Continence Promotion course brought to you by the Association for Continence Advice. We’ve now had an in-depth look at both bladder and bowel normal functioning, and dysfunction. We’ve also discussed many of the causes of the problems that people encounter with their bladders and their bowels. This week we will take a look at how to complete a comprehensive bladder and bowel assessment. This is perhaps the most important part of effective continence promotion. If we don’t get an in-depth assessment of the person and their difficulties, we can’t make an accurate diagnosis of what their problems are or decide how best to treat them.

Skip to 0 minutes and 50 secondsWe will explore the importance of assessment in coming to an accurate diagnosis. This includes the different activities involved in completing a comprehensive continence assessment. 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 enjoy the week. Best of luck with it!

Welcome to week 5

This week you will focus on how to assess bladder and bowel function, do physical examinations and make a diagnosis.

In this video, Professor Jo Booth welcomes you to week 5.

We start this week with exploring the principles of continence assessment and the importance of assessment in coming to an accurate diagnosis.

Never accept incontinence as ‘just one of those things’, you must investigate, find the cause and establish a treatment plan that will cure or improve symptoms where possible, or at the very least help the individual to find ways to cope and improve their quality of life.

You’ll also find out how physical examinations can help in your assessment and how digital vaginal (female) and digital rectal (male) examination can be used to assess pelvic floor muscles.

Finally, you’ll find out how to diagnose the type of bladder and bowel problem from comprehensive, person-centred assessment with our detailed guidance.

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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