Success rates for learning intermittent self-catheterisation according to age and gender

BA Parsons, A Narshi, M Drake

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PURPOSE: Voiding dysfunction becomes increasingly prevalent with ageing. Clean intermittent self-catheterisation (ISC) is associated with a lower morbidity than indwelling transurethral or suprapubic catheterisation. However, doctors and patients sometimes fail to consider ISC as an option because of a perception it will be unmanageable or poorly tolerated. This study aimed to determine how age and gender affect the success rates of patients being taught ISC.

METHODS: Six years retrospective study (January 2004-January 2010) of non-neurogenic patients referred to be taught ISC by urology specialist nurses in a tertiary referral hospital. Patients were sent information about ISC in advance of their appointment, were given additional information at the appointment, received training under supervision and had access to follow-on support. Successful patients were those who continued to perform the technique independently at 6-week follow-up.

RESULTS: Three hundred and nine patients (209 men, 100 women) with a mean age of 63 years (range 17-95 years) were taught ISC during the study period and had documented follow-up. The main reasons for needing ISC were incomplete bladder emptying (46%), urethral stricture disease (20%) and inability to void (18%). The overall ISC success rate was 84% for all age groups, 86% for patients under the age of 65 and 82% for those aged 65 years and over. Men had a higher success rate than women (88 and 76%, respectively).

CONCLUSIONS: Older patients can successfully be taught ISC in a high proportion, and it can be offered as an alternative to an indwelling catheter irrespective of age.

Translated title of the contributionSuccess rates for learning intermittent self-catheterisation according to age and gender
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44; 1127-31
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Urology and Nephrology
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012


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