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Awareness of Urinary Incontinence Among Nursing Care Students At Alma Mater Europaea
Urinary incontinence has been shown to have a major impact on an individual’s lifestyle and self-esteem. Insufficient knowledge of nursing staff about urinary incontinence and different methods of treatment is directly related to poor management of urinary incontinence signs and symptoms. The purpose of this study is to assess the awareness of urinary incontinence problems and treatment among nursing care students at Alma Mater Europaea. We used quantitative research methodology with the help of survey questionnaire. Collected data was analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics, using ANOVA and t-test. Forty-nine students of both sexes of all three years of nursing care program on Alma Mater Europaea in Murska Sobota participated in the study. We found that the students are sufficiently knowledgeable about urinary incontinence problems, treatment methods, symptoms and how it impacts individual’s daily life activities. However, only 40.8 % students know the correct instructions for implementing the primary treatment method of pelvic floor muscle training. The majority would give incorrect or harmful instructions to the patient. We also found statistically significant difference in knowledge between 3rd and 1st year students and between males and females. Our results indicate lower awareness than expected. The students assessed their knowledge as insufficient and expressed a desire for additional information. This suggests the need for supplemental education to raise the awareness of future nurses, as they play an important role in the treatment of incontinent patients.