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A study of some of the psychological issues affecting women undergoing treatment for urinary incontinence

Loane, Katharine Hilary (2012)
M.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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Title: A study of some of the psychological issues affecting women undergoing treatment for urinary incontinence.
Background: There is evidence suggesting that effective clinical treatment of urinary incontinence (UI) is not reflected in patients’ quality of life reports or in psychological well-being. There may be other psychological issues that are not routinely captured but may be influential in recovery.
Aims and objectives: To explore women’s experiences of UI and identify what aspects are not altered by stress incontinence (SUI) surgery, to identify themes with
which to develop a treatment-planning tool and to identify measures to improve patient satisfaction.
Methods: Qualitative interviews and repertory grids were performed on women with UI. Themes generated from these women, together with themes from a literature review and a focus group, form the basis for future questionnaire development. Data were scrutinised for additional potential to improve satisfaction.
Results: Wide-ranging themes were identified. Psychosocial aspects are not fully addressed by traditional UI treatment. Many suggestions for improvements in management were identified.
Conclusions: There is much that can be done to try to improve satisfaction for women with UI. Many themes have been identified as a basis for the further development of a treatment-planning tool.

Type of Work:M.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Toozs-Hobson, Phil and Hicks, Carolyn
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Medical & Dental Sciences
Department:School of Health and Population Science
Subjects:R Medicine (General)
RD Surgery
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:2923
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