Reversing deterioration in continence services

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Abstract

A survey has found that while the need for continence services is increasing, continence care is receiving less funding, which is affecting service quality

Eustice S et al (2013) Reversing deterioration in continence services. Nursing Times; 109: 27, 18-19 Despite the growing prevalence of incontinence and the recognition that it is a significant factor in admissions to hospitals and residential care, continence care is receiving less funding.

This article compares the findings of a continence care survey undertaken in 2007 with one published in 2013. The survey shows there has been a reduction in numbers of specialist continence staff, particularly senior posts, an increased number of patients seeking help, a decrease in funding, fewer continence products being supplied and growing waiting lists.

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