This is a protocol for a Cochrane Review (Intervention). The objectives are as follows:. To assess the effects of interventions for treating or managing faecal incontinence (FI) in older people living in care homes; and to critically appraise and summarise current evidence on the associated resource use, costs and cost-effectiveness. Note: we are covering treatment (interventions aiming to cure or improve symptoms) and management (interventions aiming to contain symptoms, such as pads or anal plugs, or reduce effects of symptoms, such as skin protection) of FI. Prevention of FI in those who do not currently have the symptom is beyond the scope of this review.
Bibliographical noteSources of support
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), UK.
This project was supported by the National Institute for Health Research, via Cochrane Infrastructure funding to Cochrane Incontinence. The views and opinions expressed therein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Systematic Reviews Programme, NIHR, NHS or the Department of Health. The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is the largest single funder of Cochrane Incontinence.
Abbeyfield Society, UK.
MM was supported by a PhD Fellowship funded by Abbeyfield Society during this work.
We are grateful to Donna Bliss, Moira Cruickshank, Suzanne Hagen, Mary Kilonzo, Joan Ostaszkiewicz and Luke Vale for valuable comments on drafts of this review. We are grateful to Yasuko Maeda and Carolynne Vaizey for their contribution to previous drafts of this protocol.
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