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Diagnostic Scores, Questionnaires and Quality-of-Life Measures in Paediatric Continence

  • Wendy F. Bower
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Part of the Urodynamics, Neurourology and Pelvic Floor Dysfunctions book series (UNPFD)

Abstract

The process of providing clinical care to a child or adolescent with continence issues is essentially about targeting the patient’s concerns whilst balancing scholarship. In the case of children, it is equally about impacting what matters to the family. Aspects of lower urinary tract dysfunction (LUTD) that bother the child do not necessarily correlate with the severity of incontinence and commonly differ from issues of concern to the patient or caregiver. Engaging the child or young person in identifying their needs at the outset of treatment is associated with improved quality of interactions and higher levels of satisfaction [1] that in turn predict better treatment compliance [2–4]. Patient goal-setting has been well described; the process identifies patient expectations and treatment outcomes that are most significant to each individual [5]. Some authors describe the patient and family’s view of care provided as an indicator of quality and health system performance [6–8].

Keywords

Bladder Bowel Child Clinical Continence Dysfunction Enuresis Incontinence Measures Quality Symptom Tool Urinary 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wendy F. Bower
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  1. 1.Division of Medicine and Community CareMelbourne HealthMelbourneAustralia

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