eFit – HCP: Bowel & Bladder Function

Incontinence is the inability to control excretory function leading to urinary or fecal incontinence respectively. Urinary incontinence (UI) is a prevalent condition in older adults and often they do not seek help from health care providers. Clinicians should screen for continence issues at each health encounter. A thorough assessment should take place when UI or other lower urinary tract symptoms are detected. Elements of a symptom-based assessment include a medical history, physical examination and assessment of cognitive and functional abilities. (1)

AUA Incontinence Symptom Score:
Instructions    Link

Bowel & Bladder Continence Assessment:
Instructions    Link

International Prostate Symptom Score:
Instructions    Link

Michigan Incontinence Symptom Index (MISI):
Link (Page 4)

RNAO Transdisciplinary Patient Continence:

Self-Report Urinary Incontinence Questionnaire:
Instructions    eForm    Print Form

Initial Management of UI in Women, Men and Frail Elderly (The Canadian Continence Foundation):
Prevention of Constipation in the Older Adult Population (Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario):

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