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 UTIs, travel and intimate relationships. We hope you find the information helpful and reassuring.
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Supported by:
NIHR (National Institute for Health Research)

Publication date: May 2013
Last updated June 2015
Review date: June 2017


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