Effect of a Video-Assisted Teaching Program for Kegel's Exercises on Women's Knowledge about Urinary Incontinence

Vidya Seshan, Joshua Kanaabi Muliira*

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PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to assess community-dwelling women's knowledge about urinary incontinence (UI) and the effectiveness of a Video Assisted Teaching Program for Kegel's Exercises (VATPKE) in increasing their knowledge. METHODS: A cross-sectional design was used to collect data from 598 community-dwelling women. A pre-/posttest design was then used to assess the effectiveness of the VATPKE in improving knowledge about UI in women with self-reported UI (202) and without UI (396). Data were analyzed using independent and paired t tests. RESULTS: Of the 598 participants, 33.8% self-reported having UI. The majority of women with UI (90%) and without UI (90%) had inadequate knowledge. The mean post-VATPKE knowledge levels of women with and without UI were higher than pre-VATPKE mean scores. Differences in knowledge levels in women with and without UI were statistically significant (P <.001). CONCLUSION: Most of the women at risk or already affected with UI have inadequate knowledge about the condition. In a resource-poor setting with limited health care human resources to provide one-on-one health education, interventions such as the VATPKE may help improve knowledge about UI among the large numbers of affected and at-risk women.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)531-538
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sept 7 2015


  • health education
  • knowledge
  • teaching
  • urinary incontinence
  • women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medical–Surgical
  • Advanced and Specialised Nursing


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