Acıbadem Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Dergisi 2019 , Vol 10, Issue 2
The Examination of Nursing Postgraduate Theses Related To Urinary Incontinence In Turkey
Semiha Aydın Özkan1,Dilek Bilgiç2,Nezihe Kızılkaya Beji3
1Adıyaman Üniversitesi, Sağlık Yüksekokulu, Ebelik Bölümü, Adıyaman, Türkiye
2Dokuz Eylül Üniversitesi, Hemşirelik Fakültesi, Kadın Sağlığı ve Hastalıkları Hemşireliği Anabilim Dalı, İzmir, Türkiye
3İstanbul Biruni Üniversitesi, Sağlık Bilimleri Fakültesi, Hemşirelik Bölümü, İstanbul, Türkiye
DOI : 10.31067/0.2019.142 Purpose: This study aims at reviewing the master"s theses and doctoral dissertations on urinary incontinence in the field of nursing in Turkey.

Method: The study sample consisted of master"s theses and doctoral dissertations registered in the National Thesis Center of the Council of Higher Education and finished between 2000 and 2016 in Obstetrics and Gynecology Nursing departments. "Urinary Incontinence" was used as a keyword in the study. Carried out with the retrospective descriptive literature research, the study consisted of 9 doctoral dissertations and 23 master"s theses. In the analysis of these data, it was summarized that data were classified into master"s theses or doctoral dissertations ; also, publication year, purpose, sample group, design then the results were summarized.

Results: Twenty three master"s theses are reviewed; it is stated that 19 of them are descriptive, 4 of them are experimental. Nine doctoral dissertations are reviewed; it is stated that one of them is cross -sectional, 4 of them are descriptive, experimental or prospective and 4 of them are experimental. In the descriptive studies, the factors of women"s urinary incontinence prevalence are examined. In addition, urinary incontinence"s effects on life quality, social life, sexual health, religious life are examined and their relations with the depression are also estimated. It is stated that the urinary incontinence problem affects women"s life quality negatively, that they have some problems while performing religious practices .

Conclusion: It is determined in these studies that urinary incontinence can be widely found in each and every age group of women and also it affects negatively women"s life quality. In the experimental studies, it is stated that pelvic floor muscle exercises increase pelvic floor muscle strength and it affect positively the women"s quality of life. It is suggested that nurses should conduct more experimental research related to the protection and cure of urinary incontinence which affects almost half of the women. Keywords : Urinary Incontinence, nursing, theses, dissertations