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Men's experiences of having lower urinary tract symptoms: factors relating to bother

Gannon, K; McLoughlin, J; Emberton, M; Glover, Lesley; Gannon, Kenneth; McLoughlin, Joanne; Emberton, Mark


K Gannon

J McLoughlin

M Emberton

Lesley Glover

Kenneth Gannon

Joanne McLoughlin

Mark Emberton


OBJECTIVE: To gain an understanding of men's experiences of having lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) and of bother, a principle determinant of whether a patient has an intervention for LUTS. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Data were collected on 75 patients with LUTS presenting to a urology outpatient clinic. Men completed a questionnaire asking about their symptoms, bother, mood and perceptions about LUTS. RESULTS: Most participants scored within the normal range for anxiety and depression, and expressed a moderate level of distress. They were to some extent bothered by their symptoms. Most men perceived LUTS as a long-term problem but felt unable to control their symptoms. The results suggest that bother reflects men's overall distress with having LUTS. Bother appears to be related to symptom severity, self perception, social limitation and the impact of LUTS. Embarrassment and social anxiety relate strongly to bother. CONCLUSION: Several psychological factors relate to bother; it may be possible to reduce bother using a brief psychological intervention.


Glover, L., Gannon, K., McLoughlin, J., & Emberton, M. (2004). Men's experiences of having lower urinary tract symptoms: factors relating to bother. BJU international, 94(4), 563-567. doi:10.1111/j.1464-410X.2004.05001.x

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 12, 2004
Online Publication Date Aug 25, 2004
Publication Date 2004-09
Print ISSN 1464-4096
Electronic ISSN 1464-410X
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 94
Issue 4
Pages 563-567
Keywords Urology
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