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An intervention to teach self-monitoring of urine flow in long-term catheter users

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  • Mary H. Wilde,

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    1. MH Wilde, PhD, RN, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, USA
      School of Nursing, University of Rochester, Box SON, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14642, USA
      E-mail: mary_wilde@urmc.rochester.edu
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  • Judith Brasch

    1. J Brasch, BS, RN, Project Nurse, School of Nursing, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, USA
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School of Nursing, University of Rochester, Box SON, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14642, USA
E-mail: mary_wilde@urmc.rochester.edu

Abstract

A new intervention was tested to teach self-monitoring skills to long-term urinary catheter users. This intervention is described in detail. Self-monitoring (a component of self-management) involves awareness of what to notice, observations, and simple recordings related to urine flow and associated catheter problems. Self-management strategies were provided, based on the person’s initial self-monitoring and catheter-related problems. The intervention was judged feasible. Study participants responded favorably to the intervention and seemed interested in learning more about catheter self-management.

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