Quality systems to improve care in older patients with urinary incontinence receiving home care: do they work?

M. F. M. T. Du Moulin*, M. N. Chenault, F. E. S. Tan, J. P. H. Hamers, R. H. G. Halfens

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Objective To gain insight into the use of quality systems to improve urinary incontinence (UI) care in older adults receiving home care and to assess the associations between these quality systems and UI-related process and patient outcomes. Design Cross-sectional survey. Setting 19 home care agencies in the Netherlands comprising 155 home care teams. Sample 3480 adults aged 65 years and older, screened for UI. Main outcome measures Percentage of patients with UI, percentage of patients with a diagnosis regarding type of UI, mean amount of urine loss and mean frequency of urine loss. Results The quality systems most commonly used included appointing a continence nurse (at the home care agency level) and documenting UI-related actions in the patient's record (home care teams). Mixed model analyses revealed no associations between the quality systems and the UI process or patient outcomes. Conclusion Most home care agencies and home care teams claim that they adopt quality systems to improve UI care for older adults. However, no associations were found between these quality systems and the UI process or patient outcomes. More research with a precise monitoring of implemented systems is therefore needed to gain insight into the effectiveness of quality systems and their applicability in the home care setting.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e18
JournalQuality & Safety in Health Care
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2010

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