Nursing for Continence. Jeter K, Faller N, Norton C, Philadelphia, WB Saunders, 1 990, 328 pages, softcover, $29.95.
This well-written text is a revision of the 1986 British text by Christine Norton. The text addresses both urinary and fecal incontinence across the life span. The authors dispel the myth that incontinence is confined to elders, especially those who are confused, dependent, and living in nursing homes.
Incontinence in children, elders, women, men, and the physically impaired are some of the specific topics in the text. Chapters include the underlying pathophysiology, clinical signs, and various strategies for the management of incontinence. The text emphasizes not only the physical aspects of continence care but also the psychological, social, and sexual aspects.
The wide range of nursing interventions suggested throughout the text identify nursing's major role in managing this common problem. The appendices list various incontinence products and manufacturers, self-help groups, and voluntary agencies, as well as kidney and urologie disease-related organizations, which further enhance this text.
Any professional working with incontinence should find this book an excellent resource. Nursing for Continence is worth examining and adding to your personal library.