Incontinence in women prisoners: an exploration of the issues for primary health care.

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dc.contributor.author Drennan, V
dc.contributor.author Goodman, C
dc.contributor.author Norton, Christine
dc.contributor.author Wells, A
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-22T11:32:07Z
dc.date.available 2012-05-22T11:32:07Z
dc.date.issued 2012-05-22
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/347
dc.description.abstract Journal of Advanced Nursing 2010, 66(9), 1953-67 Aim. This paper is a report of a study exploring the extent and management of bladder and bowel problems in order to inform the provision and practice of prison nursing services and health care services in women's prisons. Background. Nurses and general practitioners provide primary care services inside prisons in the United Kingdom. While high levels of mental health and addiction problems in women prisoners are recognized, there has been less focus on physical problems. Incontinence symptoms are perceived as shameful and stigmatizing, and frequently help is not sought from healthcare professionals. Guidance for assessing prisoner health does not refer to bladder and bowel symptoms. Methods. Women prisoners in a large, closed prison in the United Kingdom were surveyed in 2005 using an anonymous self-completed questionnaire. Women resident in the detoxification unit and the hospital unit, absent from their unit at the time of questionnaire distribution or deemed vulnerable by prison health staff were excluded. Results. Questionnaires were offered to 283 women and 246 agreed to take it. Of those taken, 148 (60%) were returned. Twenty-four per cent indicated that they disclosed information about bladder and bowel problems in the survey not previously disclosed to anyone else. Forty-three per cent reported urinary symptoms. Five per cent reported nocturnal enuresis. The majority of women with symptoms reported using sanitary pads and toilet paper for containment of leakage. Conclusion. Prison nurses and nurse practitioners involved in reception into prison assessments should ask direct but sensitive questions about women's bladder and bowel symptoms. en_US
dc.subject constipation en_US
dc.subject incontinence en_US
dc.subject prison nursing en_US
dc.subject prisoners en_US
dc.subject women en_US
dc.subject urinary-tract symptoms en_US
dc.subject seeking behavior en_US
dc.subject risk factors en_US
dc.subject prevalence en_US
dc.subject community
dc.subject health care
dc.subject questionnaire
dc.title Incontinence in women prisoners: an exploration of the issues for primary health care. en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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