Treatments for Fecal Incontinence: Current State of the Evidence
Treatments for Fecal Incontinence: A Review of the Research for Adults - Consumer Summary | AHRQ Effective Health Care Program
Treatments for Fecal Incontinence: Current State of the Evidence - Clinician Summary | AHRQ Effective Health Care Program
Treatments for Fecal Incontinence - Research Review - Final | AHRQ Effective Health Care Program
New evidence-based research summaries are available from AHRQ to help clinicians, adults and their caregivers make informed treatment decisions about fecal incontinence – the recurrent and involuntary loss of feces, defined by the frequency of episodes and consistency of the feces. The summaries present the benefits and harms of both nonsurgical and surgical treatments for fecal incontinence. Because the evidence on treatments is limited, it is important that clinicians and patients work together to decide which treatment approaches might be best. A research summary for cliniciansand a companion brochure for patients and their caregiversprovide important discussion points that can most affect outcome priorities and quality of life of the patient. Access the full research review, or obtain more evidence-based clinician and consumer publications about treatment options for a variety of health conditions at the Effective Health Care Program website.