How Men Manage Bulbar Urethral Stricture by Concealing Urinary Symptoms

Whybrow, Paul, Rapley, Timothy, Pickard, Robert and Hrisos, Susan (2015) How Men Manage Bulbar Urethral Stricture by Concealing Urinary Symptoms. Qualitative Health Research, 25 (10). pp. 1435-1442. ISSN 1049-7323

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1049732315573208

Abstract

In this article, we present findings from research conducted as part of a multi-center surgical trial. Bulbar urethral stricture, a narrowing of the middle urethra, is a common cause of urinary problems in men that can have a profound impact on their lives. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with a sample of 19 men seeking treatment for urethral stricture. The findings reveal how men tend to develop routines and tactics to adapt to their symptoms and hide them from others rather than seek help. We argue that this concealment becomes an inseparable part of how the disease is managed and is an additional hidden practical and emotional burden for these men. In addition, we suggest that the patients only sought curative treatments once practices of social concealment are no longer viable.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: health seeking, health experiences, illness and disease, men’s health, gender, sensitive topics, symptom management
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
L500 Social Work
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2018 14:37
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2019 15:40
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/34689

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