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How men manage bulbar urethral stricture by concealing urinary symptoms

Whybrow, Paul; Rapley, Tim; Pickard, Robert; Hrisos, Susan


Paul Whybrow

Tim Rapley

Robert Pickard

Susan Hrisos


© 2015 SAGE Publications. 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.


Whybrow, P., Rapley, T., Pickard, R., & Hrisos, S. (2015). How men manage bulbar urethral stricture by concealing urinary symptoms. Qualitative Health Research, 25(10), 1435-1442.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 23, 2015
Online Publication Date Feb 23, 2015
Publication Date Jan 1, 2015
Deposit Date May 14, 2018
Journal Qualitative Health Research
Print ISSN 1049-7323
Electronic ISSN 1552-7557
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 25
Issue 10
Pages 1435-1442
Keywords health seeking, health experiences, illness and disease, men’s health, gender, sensitive topics, symptom management
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