Understanding Urinary Incontinence in Adults

Angela Testa, MSN, AGPCNP-BC


Urol Nurs. 2015;35(2):82-86. 

In This Article

Assessment of Urinary Incontinence

As symptoms may be presented similarly, a careful and complete history will help establish the most likely cause or type of UI. Table 1 outlines helpful questions to facilitate discussion regarding risk factors and the impact of UI on the individual (Buttaro et al., 2013; Wieder, 2012). While a detailed history brings insight into the presenting problem, a thorough yet focused physical assessment may reveal the functional bases of UI. Table 2 summarizes how each body system may contribute to UI in the adult (Buttaro et al., 2013; Wieder, 2012).