The impact of nocturia on older people - implications for nursing practice

Laura McMillan, Joanne Booth

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Nocturia is the most common and under-recognized urinary symptom, experienced by the majority of older people and increasing in prevalence with advancing age. It is associated with a range of debilitating effects including sleep disturbances, falls and instability, depression, and social isolation, yet it is accepted by many as a natural consequence of ageing. However nocturia, like most other lower urinary tract symptoms, is responsive to a range of simple lifestyle advice and behavioural interventions that may be delivered by nurses. This article calls for a raised awareness of this 'silent condition' to enable nurses to recognize nocturia, identify its impact on individuals and initiate and deliver intervention to improve the health and well-being of older people.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)592-6
Number of pages5
JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 28 May 2009


  • Accidental Falls
  • Aged
  • Depression
  • Humans
  • Life Style
  • Middle Aged
  • Nocturia
  • Nursing
  • Risk Factors
  • Sleep Wake Disorders


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