Whitehead receives 5-year AHRQ R01 grant for managing fecal incontinence

William E. Whitehead, PhD, Director of the UNC Center for Functional GI & Motility Disorders, was awarded a 5-year AHRQ R01 grant to test a promising cost-effective nurse-delivered conservative treatment for fecal incontinence that was developed at the Center.

Whitehead receives 5-year AHRQ R01 grant for managing fecal incontinence click to enlarge William E. Whitehead, PhD

The treatment consists of nurse-delivered training in self-management strategies designed to help individuals regain control of their continence.  In the grant-funded study, the benefits of this approach will be tested in a randomized controlled trial in a large number of elderly individuals receiving home healthcare in 8 counties in North Carolina.

Related to this grant, the Center is hosting two distinguished professors in the field of fecal incontinence next week:  Christine Norton, PhD, DMS, MA, RN from Bucks New University and Imperial College, United Kingdom; and Diane Newman, DNP, FAAN, BCB-PMD from the University of Pennsylvania.  Norton and Newman will be speaking at the Improving Bowel Control symposium on Thursday, April 12th.  This free half-day symposium with continuing education will provide nurses, physicians, and allied health professionals the knowledge they need to assess, diagnose, and treat fecal incontinence.  More information and registration can be found at http://www.med.unc.edu/ibs/symposium.

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