Fecal Incontinence: A Stepwise Approach to Primary Care Management

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Fecal incontinence can adversely affect quality of life, leading to embarrassment and social isolation. It occurs more often in older adults and is a common reason for nursing home referrals. Numerous treatments are available, but most patents self-treat and often do not report their symptoms. Advanced practice nurses providing primary care develop a rapport with the patient, allowing him or her to elicit important information about this sensitive subject. Interventions are designed to relieve symptoms and decrease incontinence episodes, ultimately improving quality of life. Management follows a stepwise approach beginning with conservative methods and newer technologies when indicated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)586-589
Number of pages4
JournalJournal for Nurse Practitioners
Issue number8
StatePublished - Sep 2020


  • fecal incontinence
  • fetal incontinence scoring tools
  • quality of life
  • stepwise approach to treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing


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