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Bladder and Bowel

Use this guide to find information resources about bladder and bowel care including books, reports and journal articles.

Last updated: 08/02/2024

Key Resources

RCN Bladder and Bowel Learning Resource.
  • This resource is designed to help you support people who have incontinence or bowel and bladder problems.
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Book cover Royal College of Nursing (2021) Bladder and bowel care in child birth
Publication cover Royal College of Nursing (2019) Bowel care. Management of lower bowel dysfunction, including digital rectal examination and digital removal of faeces, London: RCN.
Publication cover Royal College of Nursing (2019) Catheter care: RCN guidance for healthcare professionals. London: RCN.
Royal College of Nursing (2020) Genital examination in women. A resource for skills development and assessment. London: RCN.

International Continence Society (2019) ICS 2019 standards: The 2019 compilation of the International Continence Society standardisations, consensus statements, educational modules, terminology and fundamentals documents, with the international consultation on incontinence algorithms. Bristol: ICS.

NHS England (2018) Excellence in continence care. London: NHS: England
We would like to thank the RCN Bladder and Bowel member community for their input into the development of this subject guide.


Book cover Badlani G (2015) Minimally invasive therapy for urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. New York: Humann Press.
Image of the cover of the Oxford handbook of Urology

Reynard J, Brewster S F, Biers S and Neal N L (2019) Oxford handbook of urology. 4th edn. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Book cover Bo K, Berghmands B and Morkved S (2015) Evidence-based therapy for the pelvic floor: bridging science and clinical practice. 2nd edn. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
Image of the cover of Thomas, Renal Nursing

Thomas N (2019) Renal nursing: care and management of people with kidney disease. 5th edn. Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell.

Book cover Corcos J, MacDiarmid S and Heesakkers J (2015) Overactive bladder: practical management. 1st edn. Chichester: Wiley Blackwell.
Book cover Hashim H and Dasgupta P (2017) Urology at a glance. Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley Blackwell.
Book cover Heesakkers J, Chapple C, De Ridder D and Farag F (2016) Practical functional urology. Cham: Springer International.
Book cover Jones T (2015) Crash course: renal and urinary system. Edinburgh: Mosby Elsevier.
Book cover Padoa A and Rosenbaum T Y (2016) The overactive pelvic floor. Cham: Springer.

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Journals of interest for continence care. Use these links to see details of availability.
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