Diane Kaschak Newman, R.N.C., M.S.N., C.R.N.P., F.A.A.N., is an adult nurse practitioner and a recognized expert in the field of nonsurgical management and treatment of urinary incontinence and related disorders. She is Co-Director of the Penn Center for Continence and Pelvic Health in the Division of Urology University of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia. Her clinical practice is dedicated to the evaluation, treatment, and management of urinary incontinence and related problems. She treats clients in long-term care, home care, and office practice environments. Ms. Newman participated in several research projects on the effects of behavioral treatment for urinary incontinence.
Ms. Newman received her master of science in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. She was appointed the Chair of the Committee on Promotion, Organization, and Education in Continence for the 2001 World Health Organization’s International Consultation on Incontinence. She was also a member of the Project Task Force for the National association for Continence, Blueprint of Continence Care Guidelines for Assisted Living Facilities, and Co-Chair of the 1996 Update Panel for the Clinical Practice Guidelines called “Urinary Continence in Adults,” published by the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In 1998, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) appointed Ms. Newman to the Gastroenterology and Urology Device Panel. She is a member of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Scope and Severity of Nursing Care Deficiencies guideline panel of experts on long-term care.
Ms. Newman is an internationally known speaker on urinary incontinence and the use of devices and products in the management of incontinence. A prolific writer, Ms. Newman has written and presented more than 75 scientific papers, chapters, and articles in major journals on the subject of assessment, behavioral treatment, and management of incontinence with an emphasis on the nurse’s role. She is the author of The Urinary Incontinence Sourcebook (Revised edition; 1999; McGraw-Hill).