Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Nursing Best Practice Guidelines

Factor affecting Individual Responsiveness to Prompted Voiding

The following factors can relate to an individual’s responsiveness to prompted voiding:

  • Recognizing the need to void;
  • Higher number of self-initiated requests to toilet;
  • Ability to void successfully when given toileting assistance;
  • Ability to ambulate independently;
  • More cognitively intact; and
  • Higher completion of assigned prompted voiding sessions by care provider.

The best predictor of an individual’s response to prompted voiding is his or her success during a trial of prompted voiding (Lyons & Pringle Specht, 1999).