Fear and overprotection in Australian residential aged-care facilities: The inadvertent impact of regulation on quality continence care

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Abstract

Aim:

Most residents in residential aged-care facilities are incontinent. This study explored how continence care was provided in residential aged-care facilities, and describes a subset of data about staffs' beliefs and experiences of the quality framework and the funding model on residents' continence care.

Methods:

Using grounded theory methodology, 18 residential aged-care staff members were interviewed and 88 hours of field observations conducted in two facilities. Data were analysed using a combination of inductive and deductive analytic procedures.

Results:

Staffs' beliefs and experiences about the requirements of the quality framework and the funding model fostered a climate of fear and risk adversity that had multiple unintended effects on residents' continence care, incentivising dependence on continence management, and equating effective continence care with effective pad use.

Conclusion:

There is a need to rethink the quality of continence care and its measurement in Australian residential aged-care facilities.

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