Continence specialists use of quality of life information in routine practice: a national survey of practitioners
Haywood, Kirstie L., Garratt, Andrew M., Carrivick, Sandra, Mangnall, Joanne and Skevington, Suzanne M.. (2009) Continence specialists use of quality of life information in routine practice: a national survey of practitioners. Quality of Life Research, Vol.18 (No.4). pp. 423-433. ISSN 0962-9343Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11136-009-9459-1
To survey continence specialists (CSs) about their assessment practice including their use of quality of life (QoL) information, perceived barriers, benefits and training needs.
Cross-sectional national postal survey of 624 practicing CSs in the UK. The questionnaire included open and closed questions relating to assessment practice.
Completed questionnaires were returned by 299 (49%) CSs. Although 80% routinely assessed QoL, fewer than 54% demonstrated awareness of published questionnaires. The majority used structured questions (41%) many of which were non-standardised single items (26%) or locally developed questionnaires (19%). Only 22% used standardised patient-completed questionnaires such as the King's Health Questionnaire and the Incontinence Quality of Life questionnaire. Perceived assessment barriers included the availability of appropriate questionnaires, patient disability, limited guidance, resources and time. Of those routinely assessing QoL, 77% wanted more support; the most useful media cited being the internet, followed by professional guidance and training courses.
Although QoL measurement is highly valued, there was wide variation in assessment practice with few adopting standardised approaches. Most CSs require greater guidance and support that takes account of their diverse needs. Familiar assessment barriers exist which the use of web-based information, in association with professional guidance might help overcome. Clear mechanisms are required to direct standardised and appropriate assessment practice.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RT Nursing
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Health and Social Studies|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Quality of Life Research|
|Official Date:||May 2009|
|Number of Pages:||11|
|Page Range:||pp. 423-433|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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