00020 Functional urinary incontinence

00020 Functional urinary incontinence

Definition of the NANDA label

Functional urinary incontinence is the inability of an individual, normally continent, to reach the toilet in time to avoid the involuntary emission of urine.

Inability of a usually continent person to reach the toilet in time to avoid unintentional loss of urine.

Defining characteristics

  • Sometimes morning incontinence.
  • Feeling of need to urinate.
  • Ability to completely empty the bladder.
  • Urinary urgency or severe bladder contractions that cause urine to be emitted before reaching the proper place for urination.

Related factors

  • Changes in environmental factors.
  • Neuromuscular disorders.
  • Weakness of the supporting pelvic structures.
  • Alterations of consciousness.
  • Impaired vision.
  • Psychological problems.

Associated condition

  • Alteration in cognitive functioning – Impaired vision
  • Neuromuscular impairment
  • Psychological disorder


  • Urinary continence.
  • Urinary elimination.
  • Tissue integrity: skin and mucous membranes.


  • Urinary habit training.
  • Immediate evacuation.
  • Management of urinary elimination.
  • Urinary incontinence care.
  • Perineal care.
  • Sporadic probing.

This diagnosis will retire from the NANDA-I Taxonomy in the 2021-2023 edition unless additional work is completed to bring it up to a level of evidence 2.1 or higher.