The experience of community-living men managing fecal incontinence

Cynthia Peden-McAlpine, Donna Bliss, Brenda Becker, Suzan Sherman

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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to investigate the lived experience of men managing fecal incontinence (FI). Method: A phenomenological method was used to investigate the experience of FI. Eleven men participated in unstructured interviews. Van Manen's approach was used for data analysis. Results: The findings display men's experiences of living with FI through space, relationships, time and body. The essential theme generated from the analysis was "secret resignation." Resignation of having FI was the main coping strategy of the men in this study and was reflected in the limited approaches they used to manage their symptoms. The common reason of the resignation was considering FI normal for them and a consequence of aging. Discussion and Conclusion: The findings provide guidance to rehabilitation nurses to first inquire about the presence of FI, education men about its etiologies, and develop plans of care that address men's main concerns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)298-306
Number of pages9
JournalRehabilitation Nursing
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2012


  • Bowel
  • Brain injury
  • Complementary therapies
  • Family issues
  • Quality of life
  • Research: qualitative


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