The Assessment and Management of Urinary Incontinence and Bladder Dysfunction in Adults

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Course Overview

Urinary incontinence and bladder dysfunction is common among people of all ages, affecting about one in eight men and one in four women. This equates to approximately three to six million people in the UK. It can have numerous social and physical impacts which can be very damaging to sufferers, and is often viewed as a ‘hidden’ issue due to the embarrassment it can cause.

However, healthcare workers can make a huge difference to people’s lives, often simply by increasing patient awareness and discussing ways in which they can take control of their lives again.

As a result, this module aims to increase awareness of the main issues around bladder incontinence and provide the learner with the information needed to undertake a holistic assessment of individuals with urinary incontinence and bladder dysfunction, and initiate appropriate treatment.

On completion of this course learners will:

  • Identify the main causes of urinary incontinence, and the impact on the individuals
  • Outline the roles of anatomy and physiology in relation to continence
  • Recognise the specific health conditions which may have an impact on bladder function
  • Explain the different classifications and types of bladder dysfunction
  • Define and describe them key principles of a continence assessment and treatment options

Course Details

Lesson Plan

Areas covered include:

  • Welcome and Learning Objectives
  • Overview
  • Anatomy and physiology of the bladder
  • Types and causes of incontinence
  • Assessment of continence
  • Treatment and management of bladder symptoms
  • Summary


The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.


On completion of this course you will be able to download a Virtual College certificate.


Approximately 3 - 4 hours. The length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly you can study and absorb the material. You can proceed as quickly or slowly as you like, and there is no limit on how long you can take to do the course.

Target Audience

This module is targeted primarily at healthcare workers in NHS organisations who will be required to undertake assessments of individuals with urinary incontinence and bladder dysfunction. However, the information within the module would provide a useful overview of the subject to anyone working in the healthcare sector in general.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.