Convenience — a key factor in users’ preferences

August 12, 2020

The use of a urinary catheter is very personal and the patients' needs should be carefully investigated before a catheter choice is made. This study reveals that convenience factors are as important to users as medical factors.

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Among users of intermittent catheterization, convenience features such as discrete packaging and easy handling (e.g. ready-to-use, no lubricant needed), appear to be as important as the ability to reduce medical complications, such as urinary tract infections, trauma, pain and discomfort.

  • The importance of catheter features related to convenience were expressed by experienced users of intermittent catheterization

  • It was also confirmed as the main reason for switching catheters in a subgroup of patients who previously had a different catheter.

Therefore, different catheter types need to be tried out when prescribing a catheter to a user of intermittent catheterization, to best promote convenience in a patients’ daily life.

To maintain compliance/adherence, attention to the issue of convenience needs exploration in follow up visits. Patients should be continuously offered new and potentially more convenient catheters to evaluate when available.

Read a summary of this study

Topics: Health Economy, Intermittent Catheterization