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We Need to Talk About Incontinence

Dr Martin McShane, NHS England’s Director for Patients with Long Term Conditions, explains why we must ask patients the right questions and not let them suffer in silence.

Domain 2 of the NHS outcomes framework is about ‘enhancing the quality of life for people with long term conditions’ and, as I listened to this year’s Reith lecture by Atul Gawande about how he learnt to ask the right questions, I thought about the questions we don’t ask, the topics we don’t address and the problems that people are reluctant to discuss unless given the space and acceptance to do so.

So we need to talk about incontinence. To read more of De Martin McShane’s comments, please visit the NHS England website