Men's experiences of having lower urinary tract symptoms: factors relating to bother
Article first published online: 25 AUG 2004
Volume 94, Issue 4, pages 563–567, September 2004
How to Cite
Glover, L., Gannon, K., McLoughlin, J. and Emberton, M. (2004), Men's experiences of having lower urinary tract symptoms: factors relating to bother. BJU International, 94: 563–567. doi: 10.1111/j.1464-410X.2004.05001.x
- Issue published online: 25 AUG 2004
- Article first published online: 25 AUG 2004
- Accepted for publication 12 May 2004
To gain an understanding of men's experiences of having lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) and of bother, a principle determinant of whether a patient has an intervention for LUTS.
PATIENTS AND METHODS
Data were collected on 75 patients with LUTS presenting to a urology outpatient clinic. Men completed a questionnaire asking about their symptoms, bother, mood and perceptions about LUTS.
Most participants scored within the normal range for anxiety and depression, and expressed a moderate level of distress. They were to some extent bothered by their symptoms. Most men perceived LUTS as a long-term problem but felt unable to control their symptoms. The results suggest that bother reflects men's overall distress with having LUTS. Bother appears to be related to symptom severity, self perception, social limitation and the impact of LUTS. Embarrassment and social anxiety relate strongly to bother.
Several psychological factors relate to bother; it may be possible to reduce bother using a brief psychological intervention.