What is it about?

Evidence shows that intermittent catheterisation for bladder emptying is linked to urinary tract infections (UTIs) and poor quality of life (QoL). However, given the lack of evidence using patient-reported data, the aim of our epidemiological patient study was to investigate the association between patient-reported UTI risk factors and QoL and UTIs respectively.

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Why is it important?

Our findings show that poor QoL is associated with experiencing blood in the urine, residual urine, bowel dysfunction, recurrent UTIs, being female, and when applying specific withdrawal techniques. Having no symptoms is associated with a lower risk of UTIs. Our study provides real-life, patient-reported insights on identification of symptoms, which can bring guidance for healthcare professionals in terms of re-evaluating IC procedures, as individuals may change behaviour or adherence throughout time, leading to more UTIs and lower QoL.


These patient perspectives of our study indicate that there are significant unmet needs among those who live with the straining consequences of lower urinary tract dysfunction. Our study highlights the importance of utilizing patient-reported insights in clinical practice to identify and treat symptoms of UTIs and potentially improve QoL.

Dr Sabrina Islamoska
Coloplast A/S

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This page is a summary of: Risk factors for urinary tract infections associated with lower quality of life among intermittent catheter users, British Journal of Nursing, October 2023, Mark Allen Group,
DOI: 10.12968/bjon.2023.32.18.s8.
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