Improving Care and Outcomes for Patients with Bladder Conditions
This article reviews lower urinary tract symptoms LUTS as a public health problem and discusses how nurses can work within the healthcare system and with community health educators to improve care and outcomes.
Common in both men and women, lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) include urinary incontinence (UI), daytime and nocturnal frequency with or without urgency, difficulty urinating or emptying the bladder, and pain associated with bladder filling and emptying.
Unfortunately, the social stigma and misperceptions surrounding LUTS prevent many people from seeking treatment, creating a significant but under-acknowledged public health burden.
This article reviews LUTS as a public health problem and discusses how nurses can work within the healthcare system and with community health educators to improve care and outcomes.
Key Learning Outcomes
- Define the problem of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS).
- Describe the treatment of LUTS.
- Discuss the nurse's role in disseminating information about LUTS.
Jenna M. Norton, MPH
Tamara G. Bavendam, MD
Ms. Norton and Dr. Bavendam work at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Ms. Norton is a program manager in the Kidney and Urologic Science Division and Dr. Bavendam is program director in the Division of Kidney, Urologic, and Hematologic Diseases.
Tom Pruski, RN
Sam Marullo, PhD
Mr. Pruski and Dr. Marullo work at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. Mr. Pruski is associate director of the Heal the Sick Program in the Institute for Community Engagement and Dr. Marullo is a professor of sociology, director of research in the Institute for Community Engagement, and director of the Missional Church Program.
Kimberly Konkel, MSW
Ms. Konkel is associate director for health at the Center for Faithbased and Neighborhood Partnerships, Department of Health and Human Services, in Washington, DC.