Awareness of Incontinence in Ethnic Communities Report

Incontinence is a common health issue that affects people across the life span. It is an issue that individuals find difficult to raise with health professionals.

It is not easy for an adult to say ‘I wet myself’. Thus incontinence continues to be a taboo subject because of a complex of emotions it causes the person such as embarrassment, shame, and anxiety. Incontinence is the loss of bladder or bowel control. Urinary incontinence is defined as: the complaint of any involuntary leakage of urine (Abrams et al 2002). Faecal incontinence (bowel) is the involuntary loss of liquid or solid stool that is a social or hygienic problem (Norton et al 2005). A need for frequent toileting, a feeling of urgency and/or constipation can also be associated with incontinence.

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