Living with a urinary catheter


In this section you can find out about the experience of living with a urinary catheter by seeing and hearing people share their personal stories on film. Our researchers travelled all around the UK to talk to 44 people (including 4 carers) in their own homes. Find out what people said about different types of catheters and issues such as urinary tract infections, travel and intimate relationships. We hope you find the information helpful and reassuring.
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This is a summary of independent research funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)’s Research for Patient Benefit Programme (Grant Reference Number PB-PG-0110-19217). The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health.

Publication date: May 2013
Last updated: October 2018
Review date: October 2020


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