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Understanding female sexual dysfunction, its causes and treatments

To fully understand how sexual difficulties arise it is useful to consider the physiology of the sexual response cycle. In the 1960s the pioneers in this field were William Masters and Virginia...

A week in the life of a urology advanced nurse practitioner

‘The holistic assessment of the patient is something I enjoy … Being able to manage a whole episode of care makes me feel that I can make a significant impact’ .

Examining the challenges of hospital discharge for patients with a urinary catheter

This invitational survey assessed opinion from a range of nurses across the UK to gauge their perspective of the process of hospital discharge and its associated challenges and the transition into...

Pelvic organ prolapse and pessaries, an alternative to surgery

This is sometimes called a prolapsed womb or prolapsed vagina. It is when the vaginal walls, vaginal vault, uterus or any combination of these prolapse and move down the vagina. It can also affect the...

Improving the pathway for men with suspected prostate cancer

Urology consultants, cancer managers and I met with the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to identify ways in which we could work towards achieving the best practice pathway. Referrals were being...

Why not choose intermittent self-catheterisation?

A combination of medical conditions left Paul Carter (not his real name), who is in his mid-fifties, chair/bed bound. He lives in his own home, supported by a full package of carers. Due to a poor gag...

Continence issues in individuals living with multiple sclerosis

Bladder and/or bowel dysfunction in MS can occur at the onset of the disease or any time during its course. It can impact either the bladder or bowel directly, through plaques damaging the areas of...

The psychological impact of active surveillance in men with prostate cancer: implications for nursing care

The PRISMA flow diagram (Figure 1) illustrates the process used within this literature review to screen search results using the eligibility criteria (Moher et al, 2009). The search was carried out...

The education needs of health professionals conservatively managing genital oedema: UK survey findings

The aim was to identify the education needs of health professionals in order to manage chronic genital oedema (lymphoedema) conservatively, and establish the medium of education delivery that most...

Reflections on a uro-oncology clinical nurse specialist training post

‘Our ultimate aim is to support our patients throughout their cancer pathway, acting as a patient advocate to ensure their needs are heard and met’ .

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