Incontinence Morbidity Following Radical Prostatectomy: Psychosocial Impact on African American and White Men
Annual summary rept. 1 Jul 2002-30 Jun 2005
EDITH NOURSE ROGERS MEMORIAL VETERANS HOSPITAL BEDFORD MA CENTER FOR HEALTH QUALITY OUTCOMES AND ECONOMIC RESEARCH
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The purpose of this study was to characterize the impact of urinary incontinence following laparoscopic prostatectomy on psychosocial adaptation to prostate cancer and its treatment. A 90-minute telephone interview was completed with each of 6 men aged 50-60, and 61 to 75 years from a New England medical center. Data were analyzed using methods informed by grounded theory. Results indicated that men did not experience postoperative symptoms such as urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction to the degree experienced by men who have undergone radical prostatectomy. Men found they were able to adapt well to their experience with prostate cancer and its treatment.
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