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Validation of an instrument to assess barriers to care-seeking for accidental bowel leakage

Validation of an instrument to assess barriers to care-seeking for accidental bowel leakage

Despite the existence of effective, minimally invasive therapies for accidental bowel leakage, fewer than 30% of women with the condition seek care for it. To begin to understand the barriers to seeking care for ABL, Dr. Heidi Brown et al. developed a survey instrument and tested its vailidity by having adult women with ABL complete the survey electronically. Test-retest reliability for the instrument was excellent for all items, and factor extraction via oblique rotation resulted in a final instrument that contained 16 items in six domains.

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