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How men manage bulbar urethral stricture by concealing urinary symptoms

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

Authors

Paul Whybrow Paul.Whybrow@uwe.ac.uk

Tim Rapley

Robert Pickard

Susan Hrisos



Abstract

© 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.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2015
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
APA6 Citation 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. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049732315573208
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1049732315573208
Keywords health seeking, health experiences, illness and disease, men’s health, gender, sensitive topics, symptom management
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1049732315573208




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