Using an educational pamphlet to promote help-seeking behaviour for urinary incontinence in people visiting their general practitioner
Bev O’Connell, Cadeyrn J Gaskin
The purpose of this research was to evaluate the effectiveness of a continence educational pamphlet to encourage people with urinary incontinence to seek professional help. We distributed a continence educational pamphlet to people who presented at a general practice clinic and who indicated that they experienced urinary incontinence. These people (n=55) consented to being interviewed two weeks following the receipt of the pamphlet. At the time of the interviews, 94.5% of participants still experienced urinary incontinence symptoms. Over half (59.6%) of the participants had taken action to manage their incontinence, with 67.7% of these people having done so as a result of receiving the pamphlet or being involved in the study. Of the people who had sought help for their incontinence (n=25), most had either visited their general practitioner (GP) (80.6%) or visited specialists in addition to their GP (12.9%). Continence educational pamphlets are an inexpensive method of promoting help-seeking behaviours in people with urinary incontinence and should be used in primary healthcare settings.