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J Wound Ostomy Continence Nurs. 2005 Jul-Aug;32(4):246-54.

Effectiveness of a computer-based system to deliver a continence health promotion intervention.

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  • 1School of Nursing, The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-7460, USA. ddboying@email.unc.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The objective of this study was to test a computer-based system for continence health promotion that included self-management techniques for women with symptoms of involuntary urine loss, urinary frequency or urgency, or nocturia.

DESIGN:

A quasi-experimental trial design with repeated measures was used.

SETTING AND SUBJECTS:

Older women (n = 71) with continence problems were recruited and completed a computer session.

INSTRUMENTS:

Outcomes were measured with the Urogenital Distress Inventory-Short Form, the Incontinence Impact on Life Questionnaire-Short Form, and a bladder diary. A modified Questionnaire for User Interface Satisfaction was used to measure satisfaction with the system.

METHODS:

Participants assigned to the intervention group (n = 36) used the computer-based system for continence health promotion, and those in the wait list control group (n = 35) used an alternate system. Data were collected at baseline and 8 weeks after the computer session.

RESULTS:

Analysis of covariance results on symptom distress and quality of life scores showed no significant treatment effect, although a trend toward improvement was observed. The intervention group improved significantly on urogenital distress (P = .01) and quality of life (P = .003) outcomes, but the control group did not. Women had little difficulty using the system and expressed satisfaction with the individualized information provided.

CONCLUSIONS:

Although the computer-based system did not result in significantly improved outcomes when comparing women in the 2 groups, the computer-based group improved significantly from baseline to follow-up. Further research on a computer-based system that women could access independently or that nurses could use to supplement traditional care is warranted.

PMID:
16030464
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