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184162 - CPD Activity title: How to Treat quiz: Faecal incontinence

  • : Online


The education aims to equip GPs with a system of assessment to diagnose faecal incontinence early, and mange this distressing condition appropriately, either with conservative measures or surgical referral if indicated. This education covers the contemporary approach to diagnosing, investigating and managing patients with symptoms of incontinence to faeces.

Relevance to General Practice

Faecal incontinence is a common and treatment is readily available and effective. The stigma associated with this condition should be mitigated by the routine discussion of patients’ bowel function. A timely referral to a specialist with an interest in pelvic floor disorders has the potential to improve patients’ symptoms and their quality of life significantly.

Learning outcomes
  • List the causes of faecal incontinence and their classification.
  • Discuss the risk factors in men and women for faecal incontinence.
  • Explain the assessment of anal and rectal function with respect to assessing faecal incontinence.
  • Summarise the treatment modalities available for faecal incontinence.
  • Domains of General Practice

    D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship

    • Ways in which health can be optimised and maintained are communicated to patients, family members and carers

    D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills

    • An appropriate and respectful physical examination of the patient is undertaken

    D3. Population health and the context of general practice

    • The patterns and prevalence of disease are incorporated into screening and management practices

    D4. Professional and ethical role

    D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

    Curriculum Contextual Units
    • Adult health
    • Women's health
    184162 - CPD Activity title: How to Treat quiz: Faecal incontinence
    Provider Type
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    1 hour
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    CPD Points
    2 cpd
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