Fecal incontinence: Definition and impact on quality of life

Cynthia Peden-McAlpine, Melissa Northwood, Donna Z. Bliss

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This chapter defines fecal incontinence and describes the impact of fecal incontinence on quality of life using evidence from qualitative research studies. Quality of life related to the experience of men and women with fecal incontinence is described. Five domains of quality of life when living with fecal incontinence were synthesized from the literature and organized into a model. These domains are living with fecal incontinence related to (i) relationships; (ii) time and planning; (iii) body issues, self-esteem, and body image; (iv) sexuality, and (v) diet issues. Key points from each domain are highlighted in this chapter. Implications for advance practice nurses assisting patients to manage fecal incontinence are explained.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationManagement of Fecal Incontinence for the Advanced Practice Nurse
Subtitle of host publicationUnder the Auspices of the International Continence Society
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9783319907048
ISBN (Print)9783319907031
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018


  • Fecal incontinence
  • Lived experience
  • Qualitative research
  • Quality of life


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