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J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2000 Jan-Feb;29(1):9-17.

Continence for women: evaluation of AWHONN's third research utilization project. Association of Women's Health Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses.

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University of Michigan, School of Nursing, Ann Arbor 48109-0482, USA. csampsll@umich.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To develop an evidence-based protocol for initial evaluation and treatment of urinary incontinence and to design procedures that would facilitate the protocol's implementation into clinical practice.

DESIGN:

Descriptive report of the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) Continence for Women Project.

SETTING:

Twenty-one public, private, and other women's health sites.

PARTICIPANTS:

Women in ambulatory care settings (N = 1,474) provided demographic statistics.

METHODS:

The protocol was developed, sites were selected, site coordinator training was provided, data collection was facilitated by project-specific teleforms, and the overall process was evaluated by the science team.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Site representation, patient representation, site coordinator feedback on the training program, and site coordinator experience during project implementation.

RESULTS:

The process yielded a representative mix of site and patient diversity appropriate for testing of the protocol. Site coordinators felt well-prepared to implement the protocol and experienced increased professional satisfaction because of therapeutic benefits achieved for patients and positive collaboration with physicians.

CONCLUSIONS:

The Continence for Women Project demonstrated the potential for developing and testing evidence-based protocols for clinical practice when the resources of an organization such as AWHONN and the research community are combined.

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10660272
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