A qualitative study exploring the value of a catheter passport

Fiona Fox, Melanie De Jaeger, Geraldine Cooney, Jacqueline Robinson

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Many patients leaving hospital with a catheter do not have sufficient information to self-care and can experience physical and psychological difficulties.
AIM: This study aimed to explore how a patient-held catheter passport affects the experiences of patients leaving hospital with a urethral catheter, the hospital nurses who discharge them and the community nurses who provide ongoing care for them.
METHOD: Qualitative methods used included interviews, focus groups and questionnaires, and thematic analysis.
FINDINGS: Three major themes were reported-informing patients, informing nurses; improving catheter care, promoting self-management; and supporting transition.
CONCLUSION: The catheter passport can bridge the existing information gap, improve care, promote self-care and help patients adjust to their catheter, especially if complemented by ongoing input from a nurse or other health professional.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)857-866
Number of pages8
JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
Issue number13
Early online date9 Aug 2017
Publication statusPublished - 9 Aug 2017


  • Catheterisation
  • Discharge documentation
  • Patient experience
  • Patient-held records
  • Self-care
  • Urinary catheters
  • Urinary tract infections


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