Treating Urinary Incontinence
a guide to behavioral methods

17-minute video explains behavioral methods
for managing urinary incontinence

Includes detailed explanation of Kegel exercises
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We are getting really good feedback about this video from our patients. It explains incontinence so clearly and is such a valuable educational tool. Patients watch it in our waiting room in a private area.Penny Wilson, Physical Therapist; Continence Clinic; BC Women's Health Centre; Vancouver BC. (April, 2011)

17-min. DVD video
English, Spanish, French


This entertaining and informative 17-minute video is used for patient and staff education by thousands of health care professionals nationwide. Use this video in women’s centers, physical therapy, continence clinics, urology, ob-gyn and long-term care. The program reviews the urinary system, defines urge and stress incontinence, teaches pelvic muscle (Kegel) exercises and explains bladder training. Behavioral treatment methods such as those explained in this video should be tried first in many cases of incontinence according to the guidelines of the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR). This award-winning resource is excellent for community education meetings.

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Reviews and Recommendations
Treating Urinary Incontinence - a guide to behavioral methods

As a rehabilitation nurse with 20 years of experience, I found the video to act as an excellent update and refresher.  The program has many strengths.  The information is current and presented at a basic learning level.   The format is professionally discrete, presenting the facts in clear laymen's terms using points of reference that the viewer can relate with.  Settings that might consider using the video would be acute inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, outpatient incontinence clinics, staff educators, physical therapy, home health, long-term care, assisted living facilities, private adult care homes and family practice settings.  This 17 minute program is appropriate for both patient and staff education.   Review excerpt, Rehabilitation Nursing (the official journal of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses)  Sept/Oct, 2003; Vol. 28, No. 5. 

As engaging, creative and well-made as any video I've seen in some time. Its chief virtue is that, from the outset, it is well-designed both creatively and instructionally. Adding to this strong framework is an effective and professional production style. The content is current, and the patient teaching, particularly the section on Kegel exercises, is done very well.    Review excerpt from the Journal of Biocommunication, Vol. 22, No. 2, 1995.

Excellent graphics and clearly depicted patient scenarios highlight this exceptional program.   Review excerpt from Ostomy / Wound Management Journal, July/Aug. 1994.

A concise, well-organized and helpful educational tool.   Review excerpt from The Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing. May, 1995

This video provides clear and accurate information about the causes of and behavioral treatment methods for urinary incontinence, offering hope for those dealing with the problem. The content and various teaching strategies used (animation, demonstration, real people) result in a reassuring and positive approach to the topic and an enjoyable 17 minutes of viewing.   Review excerpt from The Gerontologist, Vol. 35, No. 3, 1995.

This program takes a fresh, new approach to patient teaching. It is well-paced and is on an appropriate level for its intended audience. Presentation is clear and logical, and speakers are articulate.   Review excerpt from Media Profiles, Vol. 21, 1994.

This simple and straightforward program is ideal for men and women (both client and provider) being introduced to behavioral treatment methods. Urinary incontinence can be a sensitive subject. This reviewer would recommend the purchase of the video as an adjunct educational tool.   Review excerpt from The Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, July-August, 1995.

An extremely well-produced and useful patient education tool in the clinical practice of urology and in outreach programs to the general public and nursing home residents. Particularly useful in the education of health care professionals across the spectrum from nursing aides to physicians.    Christopher P. Steidle, M.D., Northeast Indiana Urology P.C., Fort Wayne, IN

Reviewed and recommended by Elizabeth Noble, Physical Therapist; founder of the Ob/Gyn special interest group of the American Physical Therapy Association.

I would recommend this video to anyone! The graphics are outstanding. The information coincides exactly with our protocols at the Bladder Wellness Center.   Susan Smith, RN MSN, Clinical Specialist (Gerontology), Catawba Memorial Hospital, Hickory, NC

I plan to show this video to all my patients on their first visit for treatment of incontinence. It really is an icebreaker.   Donna Zeznock, Certified Urological & Enterostomal Therapy nurse, Providence Hospital, Anchorage, AK

I use this tape with most presentations that I do since it accurately reflects current clinical approaches in nursing practice. This tape will be invaluable to schools of nursing, clinical agencies and in patient education programs.   Deborah Lekan-Rutledge, MSN, RN C, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Wellcare Dynamics, Adjunct Professor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

This tape is an accurate representation of the pathophysiology of urinary incontinence and behavioral treatment options.   Jean F. Wyman, Ph.D., FAAN, Prof. of Gerontologic Nursing, Medical College of VA, Richmond, VA

A significant contribution to incontinence management and a valuable patient education tool. Extremely useful to any practitioner utilizing behavioral techniques.   Dorothy Doughty, RN MN CETN, Program Director, Emory University ET Nursing Education Program, Atlanta, GA

A very well-arranged and produced educational tool which is informative and applicable to a wide audience, including patients, physicians and non-physician health care professionals.   Hilary J. Cholhan, M.D., Assistant Professor, Obstetrics-Gynecology; Director, Division of Gynecology-Urogynecology, Univ. of Rochester, Rochester, NY

The production quality and content make this video an asset to our educational programs.    Mary Jean Merkel, RN ETN, Beverly Enterprises Special Programs Coordinator, Region 4

Seldom have I seen medical instructional video like this which truly meets the educational needs of the lay person!   Christine Stacy, RN BS, Q/A Coordinator, Williamson's Pharmacy - Institutional Division, Harrisonburg, VA

This video is wonderful!   Katy Swenson, RN Certified Urologic Nurse, c/o Warren Lowry, MD, Rockford, ILA powerful patient education tool! · Richard Rayome, Clinic Director. UroHealth, Louisville, KY


Medical Consultants
Treating Urinary Incontinence - a guide to behavioral methods 

Diane Kaschak Newman, RNC MSN CRNP
President, Access to Continence Care & Treatment; Phila., PA
Author of The Urinary Incontinence Sourcebook

Katherine F. Jeter, EdD
Founder and Retired Executive Director

Karen Lou Kennedy-Evans, FNP RN CS
Wound and Skin Care Management Consultant; Tucson, AZ


Content Outline
Treating Urinary Incontinence
17 minute educational video

  • Introduction. Urinary incontinence defined.
  • Explain that the video applies to women and men with urge and stress incontinence.
  • Message of hope - urinary incontinence is treatable.
  • Behavioral methods are safe, have no side effects and work for women and men.
The hostess explains that urinary incontinence often can be managed with behavioral methods.
  • Basic review of how the urinary system works.
  • Define urge and stress incontinence.
  • List some of the common causes of incontinence, such as childbirth, or prostate problems in men.
  • Explain that medications and surgery are important treatment options, but that behavioral methods often should be tried first.
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  • Step-by-step explanation of how to do pelvic muscle exercises (Kegel exercises).
  • Show biofeedback methods as a way to assist with learning pelvic muscle exercises.
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  • Define bladder training.
  • Step-by-step explanation of how to do bladder training.
  • Define voiding interval
  • Explain importance of using the voiding diary.
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  • Recommends dietary changes to help manage urinary incontinence, including limiting the use of caffeine and alcohol.
  • Discusses importance of drinking sufficient water.
  • No smoking.
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  • Conclusion.
  • Explains that patients with urinary incontinence should talk to a health care professional to find the cause and best treatment.
  • Mentions that behavioral treatment methods can be effective for many women and men.
  • Reminder that medications and surgery are also available to help manage incontinence.
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Program synopsis Interesting graphics and clear explanations make this program a pleasure to watch for women and men alike.  Reviews the urinary system. Defines urge and stress incontinence. Teaches how to do pelvic muscle exercises. Explains bladder training. Recommends basic dietary adjustments.
Suggested uses Patient education. Continence clinics. Women’s centers. Nursing schools. Urology. OB-GYN. Wound, Ostomy & Continence nurses. Physical therapy.  In-house TV channel. Community education meetings.
Program length 17 minutes
Awards & recognition Award winner.  World Congress on Biomedical Communications. 1994. Patient education category, 3rd place.
Price $99 (extra copies, $59 each).  
Media formats available DVD
Print materials Photocopyable fact sheet
Languages English, French, Spanish
Available for free preview? Yes, to health care professionals.
Copyright 1994, 1997
ISBN# 1-885279-01-9


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