Incontinence-associated dermatitis; state of the evidence

Dr Jill Campbell RN, PhD., NsgCert(Intensive Care), BApp Sc (Nursing), GradCert (Sexual Reproductive Heath), GradDip(Wound Care), MACN1

1 Skin Integrity Clinical Nurse, Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital


Incontinence-associated dermatitis (IAD) represents a significant threat to skin integrity in vulnerable individuals. It is now also recognised as a risk factor for the development of pressure injury. Furthermore, the condition is often misdiagnosed due to the complexity of skin assessment of the pelvic region.

There is a growing body of evidence in this field, although some gaps remain. This presentation will explore the state of current evidence concerning IAD, including definitions, classification, prevalence, prevention and management.


Jill Campbell; RN, NsgCert(Intensive Care), BApp Sc(Nursing), GradCert (Sexual Reproductive Heath), GradDip(Wound Care), PhD

Jill has been a registered nurse for over 30 years. She has had a diverse career with experience in intensive care, cardiology, women’s health, aged care and wound care.

Currently, she is a Skin Integrity Clinical Nurse at Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital. Her special skin integrity interests are in the area of incontinence- associated dermatitis and skin integrity models of care for older patients.

Jill has recently completed a PhD at Queensland University of Technology. Her doctoral studies investigated the relationship between IAD and Candida infection, as well as conducting the only Australian study exploring the prevalence of incontinence-associated dermatitis in the acute care setting. Her research has resulted in several international publications. In addition, Jill is a co-author on the global IAD consensus document, Incontinence-associated dermatitis: Moving prevention forward.