How to Keep a Bladder Diary Template NSHS (NHS)
Bladder diaries are one of the most useful tools in managing your health. They provide insight into how well you’re doing with your health and they allow you to keep track of any problems or concerns. There are many different types of bladder diaries.
Some people use them as a way to monitor their health; others use them as a tool to keep track of their daily activities. Whatever the reason for keeping one, you should always keep track of the following:
Bladder Diary Form
It is important to note that no two bladder diaries are alike. They should be as individual as you are. The most important thing about any bladder diary is the way that it makes you feel.
If it helps you to track your health, then that’s all that matters. However, it’s generally a good idea to follow a standard format so that your diary is easily legible for others, whether that’s your doctor or yourself in the future!
When getting your diary set up, you should include such details as:
The date, time and place of the event;
Details of events leading up to the incontinence incident (if any);
Whether incontinence was momentary, moderate or complete;
Whether incontinence was involuntary or voluntary (if any);
Whether leakage was partial or total;
Whether there is a strong or weak urine flow;
Whether there was a hissing sound (if any);
Whether there is pain or soreness afterwards;
Whether there was a feeling of needing to pass water;
Whether there was a sudden urge to pass water;
Whether you were sleeping or whether you had just woken up;
Whether incontinence was caused by normal activity;
Whether incontinence was caused by emotional factors;
Whether the incontinence caused you distress (emotional or physical);
Whether you were wearing incontinence pads, trousers or both.
When you have all of this information written down, it is easier to compare “incidents” with each other. It is also easier to monitor your progress and see how effective your treatment is.
How to Keep a Bladder Diary – Tips
One of the most important factors in keeping a bladder diary is honesty. It is very easy to see whether you are trying to skew the results in your favour, so it is better not to do it in the first place!
Stick to one format. It is tempting to create your own diary with lots of nice colours and symbols, however, this can make the whole process harder to read and less clear. It’s better to stick to the classic style of writing.
Make sure you update it every day. It can be easy to forget to do this, especially if you have a busy schedule. However, it is important to make sure you don’t miss a day, otherwise, the whole process is pointless.
Make sure you monitor every episode of incontinence, no matter how small. It can be easy to miss an isolated incident of incontinence, however, if you do this, then the success of your treatment will not be accurately recorded.
How to Keep a Bladder Diary – More Tips
These are just three tips to get you started. However, there are many other tips out there. The most important thing to do is to choose a diary that works for you and stick with it.
It doesn’t matter what other people are using, as long as it works for you!
Some people find it helpful to keep their bladder diary on their phone. Whether this is because they find it easier to update or because they find it more accessible, we will leave up to you!
Whatever you decide, make sure that you find a system that works for you and your lifestyle. The most important thing is to keep your bladder diary up to date so that you can monitor your treatment effectively.
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