The guidelines in this work represent principles of good practice supported by evidence-based rationales for the Primary Health Care Team in the care of individuals for all ages suffering from urinary and faecal incontinence. The guidelines were developed as part of the NHS Executive Consensus Strategy for Major Clinical Guidelines. The methods used for the production of the guidelines were: a systematic review of the literature on continence and incontinence promotion; and a multidisciplinary consensus conference of invited experts and clinicians in continence care and consumers of continence services. Since advances in health care may soon outdate current methods, the guidelines do not aim to direct the practitioner to specific forms of treatment. Rather, the aim is to aid clinicians in making decisions about purchasing and providing appropriate continence services in primary care.
Denise Button BSc(Hons), MSC, RN, RNT, Postgraduate student, School of Nursing Studies, University of Manchester. Formerly Project Officer, Castlefields Health Centre, Runcorn, Cheshire. Brenda Roe PhD, RN, FRSH, Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Human Ageing, University of Liverpool. Formerly Senior Research Fellow, Health Services Research Unit, University of Oxford. Christine Webb BA (Hons), MSc, PhD, RN, RSCN, RNT, Professor of Health Studies, Institute of Health Studies, University of Plymouth. Formerly Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing Studies, University of Manchester. Tony Frith MB, ChB, MRCGP, General Practitioner, Castlefields Health Centre, Runcorn, Cheshire. David Colin-Thome MB, BS, FRCGP, D(Obst) RCOG, DCH, (Hon)MFPHM, General Practitioner, Castlefields Health Centre, Runcorn, Cheshire. Lance Gardner MSc, RN, RHV, NPDip, Professional Development Officer, Queens Nursing Institute and Salford Community Health Care NHS Trust. Formerly Business/General Manger and Nurse Practitioner, Castlefields Health Centre, Runcorn, Cheshire.