Quality statement 3: Containment products

Quality statement

Women with urinary incontinence are only offered containment products as a temporary coping strategy, or as long‑term management if treatment is unsuccessful.

Rationale

Containment products such as absorbent products, hand‑held urinals and toileting aids can offer security and comfort for women with urinary incontinence. The products can help women to continue their normal daily activities and therefore improve quality of life. However, they are costly, can affect the woman's dignity and do not offer a long‑term solution. Therefore they should not be offered in the long term unless other treatments have failed.

Quality measures

Structure

Evidence of local arrangements to ensure that containment products are offered only as a temporary coping strategy for urinary incontinence in women or as long‑term management if treatment is unsuccessful.

Data source: Local data collection.

Process

Proportion of women with urinary incontinence who are offered containment products as a temporary coping strategy or as long‑term management if treatment is unsuccessful.

Numerator – the number in the denominator offered containment products as a temporary coping strategy or as long‑term management if treatment is unsuccessful.

Denominator – the number of women with urinary incontinence who are offered containment products.

Data source: Local data collection and National Audit of Continence Care.

What the quality statement means for service providers, health and social care professionals, and commissioners

Service providers (such as GP practices, community continence services and hospitals) ensure that services offer containment products (absorbent products, hand‑held urinals and toileting aids) to women with urinary incontinence only as a temporary coping strategy or as long‑term management if treatment is unsuccessful.

Health and social care professionals ensure that they offer containment products (absorbent products, hand‑held urinals and toileting aids) to women with urinary incontinence only as a temporary coping strategy or as long‑term management if treatment is unsuccessful.

Commissioners (such as clinical commissioning groups) ensure that they commission services that offer women with urinary incontinence containment products (absorbent products, hand‑held urinals and toileting aids) only as a temporary coping strategy or as long‑term management if treatment is unsuccessful.

What the quality statement means for patients, service users and carers

Women with leakage of urine may be offered products such as pads, hand‑held urinals and toileting aids, but only as a temporary measure or in the longer term if treatment is unsuccessful. These products will help women to carry on with their normal daily activities.

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