Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

Promoting Continence Using Prompted Voiding

Project / Initiative: 
Long-Term Care Best Practices Program
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About this Guideline:

The purpose of this guideline is to provide information on implementing a treatment program of prompted voiding for older adults with urinary incontinence.

The goals of prompted voiding are to:

  • Reduce the frequency and severity of urinary incontinence episodes;
  • Prevent the complications associated with urinary incontinence; and
  • Improve quality of life.

This guideline has relevance to all areas of clinical practice including acute care, community care and long-term care.

This best practice guideline contains recommendations for Registered Nurses (RNs) and Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs). It is acknowledged that effective client care depends on a coordinated interdisciplinary approach incorporating ongoing communication between clients, families, physicians, pharmacists, activation and dietary staff, and other members of the healthcare team, ever mindful of the personal preferences and unique needs of each individual client. The recommendations made are not binding for nurses and should accommodate client/family wishes and local circumstances.

Revised: 2005
Revised: 2011

Related File(s):
Continence Search Strings17.39 KB
Continence Supplement 20111.96 MB