Goals of fecal incontinence management identified by community-living incontinent adults

Amanda Manthey, Donna Z Bliss, Kay Savik, Ann C Lowry, Robin Whitebird

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The purpose of this study was to identify goals of fecal incontinence (FI) management and their importance to community-living adults if complete continence would not be possible. Participants expressed their goals of FI management in a semistructured interview, selected others from 12 investigator-identified goals, and rated their importance. Five thematic categories emerged from the 114 participant-identified goal statements: Fecal Incontinence/Bowel Pattern, Lifestyle, Emotional Responses, Adverse Effects of Fecal Incontinence, and Self-Care Practices. Participants selected a median of seven investigator-identified goals (range = 2 to 12). Goals selected by the most participants were decreased number of leaks of stool and greater confidence in controlling fecal incontinence. These goals also had the highest importance along with decreased leakage of loose or liquid stool. The type and number of management goals identified by participants offer a toolbox of options from which to focus therapy when cure is not possible and promote patient satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)644-661
Number of pages18
JournalWestern journal of nursing research
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2010


  • community
  • content analysis
  • fecal incontinence
  • goals
  • management
  • treatment


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