It's time to stop ignoring major patient groups

January 11, 2022

For a successful therapy, it’s important to find out the patients’ actual experiences when performing intermittent catheterization (IC). But a lack of research can provide obstacles. Have we heard directly from the patient about the difficulties they face when approaching IC?

A recent study seeks to remedy this neglect in research; it involved a total of 200 adults who had independently been performing IC for at least 6 months across the US.

 

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Topics: Urinary Tract Infection (UTI), Neurogenic bladder, Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), Parkinsons disease, Intermittent Catheterization, multiple sclerosis

After a spinal cord injury, can we predict who will recover independent bowel management during the first year?

December 14, 2021

Neurogenic bowel dysfunction (NBD) with symptoms of constipation and fecal incontinence is a common complication of traumatic spinal cord injury. In a new study, the aim was to identify factors that could predict the recovery of independent bowel function to assist clinicians in their prognosis of bowel function and to guide them to bowel management strategies useful for the patient.

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Topics: Bowel management, constipation, Spinal Cord Injury, neurogenic bowel dysfunction

Researching the effects of delayed toilet training with Wellspect's ESPUN study grant

November 19, 2021

Wellspect supports evidence-based research and practice in the field of continence care, and sponsors the annual ESPUN study grant. Tinne Van Aggelpoel is the latest winner, and for World Toilet Day, we present the outcome of her study in the field of pediactric bladder and bowel management.

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Topics: Bladder management, European Society for Paediatric Urology (ESPU), Study grant, WorldToiletDay

Are clinicians delivering the best care for patients with bladder and bowel dysfunction? A recent study suggests otherwise

November 9, 2021

People with neurogenic bladder and/or bowel dysfunction often suffer from highly individualized symptoms. It can be difficult to quantify change in an individual’s symptoms using standardized measurement tools, and points to the value of Patient—Centered Outcome Measures.

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Topics: Neurogenic bladder, Neurogenic bowel, Bowel dysfunction, Bladder dysfunction, quality of life

What tools are available for management of Lower Anterior Resection Syndrome - LARS

October 12, 2021

To address the lack of a standardized approach for the management of LARS, a bowel management program, called BOREAL, was developed and evaluated in this study, aiming to highlight the acceptability, feasibility and effectiveness of timely assessment and treatment of LARS.

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Topics: Bowel management, Transanal irrigation (TAI), Low Anterior Resection Syndrome (LARS), rectal cancer