Review decision date: February 2014

Review decision: 

Following consultation with stakeholders this guideline has now been placed on the static list

Next review date: TBC

This guidance offers best practice advice on the care of adults with faecal incontinence.

It was previously called faecal incontinence: the management of faecal incontinence in adults.

Faecal incontinence is a sign or a symptom, not a diagnosis. Therefore, it is important to diagnose the cause or causes for each individual. Because it is a stigmatising condition, active case-finding will often be needed, probably best targeted at high-risk groups.

All staff working with people with faecal incontinence should be aware of both the physical and the emotional impact this condition can have on people and their carers. Treatment and care should take account of individual needs and preferences.

Responsibility for undertaking a review of this guidance at the designated review date has passed to the National Clinical Guidelines Centre for Acute and Chronic Conditions (NCGCACC). The National Collaborating Centre for Acute Care is no longer active.

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