Ulster’s Institute of Nursing Research has begun work on a four-year EU funded study into continence care in nursing homes.
Professor Brendan McCormack (pictured), who is leading the local research team, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for Ulster to take part in a European study that aims to help nurses and others make use of available evidence in their practice.
“We hope this research will translate into very real changes as incontinence is an issue that affects the lives of many older people in nursing homes and other residential settings throughout the world.
“The Nursing Institute’s role will be to lead the research in Ireland working in partnership with colleagues in University College Cork.”
The project is a partnership between the universities of Ulster, Warwick/RCNRI Bangor, Manchester Business School, Fontys University in the Netherlands, the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, University College Cork, University of Alberta in Canada and the University of Adelaide in Australia.
As part of the study, local practitioners will be given guidelines for managing urinary incontinence in frail older people. Practitioners will be given different types of support in implementing these guidelines and the processes and outcomes of this implementation will be evaluated.
The research will take place in four EU countries with the potential to include sites in Australia. Conferences and networking activities will be held in the various countries to promote involvement throughout Europe and beyond.
Professor Kate Seers, Project Co-ordinator, who is based at the Royal College of Nursing Research Institute (RCNRI) at Warwick University, said: “This is a really exciting opportunity for an international collaboration to understand more about using evidence in practice and to make a difference to the care of older people in nursing homes.
“The research has the potential to contribute to improved quality of life for older people with health care needs and their carers, as well as reducing costs for the health systems.”
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