AIM: The study purpose is to explore adolescent and adult women's experiences, perceptions, beliefs, knowledge and behaviors related to bladder health across the life course using a socioecological perspective. Lower urinary tract symptoms affect between 20-40% of young adult to middle-aged women, with symptoms increasing in incidence and severity with aging. There is limited evidence to address bladder health promotion and prevention of dysfunction. This first study of the Prevention of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (PLUS) Research Consortium is designed to address gaps in existing qualitative research in this area.
DESIGN: This focus group study will be implemented across seven geographically diverse United States research centers using a semi-structured focus group guide informed by a conceptual framework based on the socioecological model.
METHODS: The study was approved in July 2017. A total of 44 focus groups composed of 6-8 participants representing six different age categories (ranging from 11 to over 65 years) will be completed. We aim to recruit participants with diverse demographic and personal characteristics including race, ethnicity, education, socioeconomic status, urban/rural residence, physical/health conditions and urinary symptom experience. Up to 10 of these focus groups will be conducted in Spanish. Focus group transcripts will undergo content analysis and data interpretation to identify and classify themes and articulate emerging themes.
DISCUSSION: This foundational qualitative study seeks to develop an evidence base to inform future research on bladder health promotion in adolescent and adult women.
IMPACT: This study has the potential to provide new insights and understanding into adolescent and adult women's lived experience of bladder health, the experience of lower urinary symptoms and knowledge and beliefs across the life course. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
|Translated title of the contribution||Prevention of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms Research Consortium focus group Study of Habits, Attitudes, Realities, and Experiences of Bladder health|
|Original language||Chinese (Traditional)|
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||Journal of Advanced Nursing|
|State||Published - Nov 1 2019|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
Funding information The Prevention of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (PLUS) Research Consortium is supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) – National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) through cooperative agreements (grants U01DK106786, U01DK106853, U01DK106858, U01DK106898, U01DK106893, U01DK106827, U01DK106908, U01DK106892). Additional funding from: National Institute on Aging, NIH Office on Research in Women's Health and the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Science. The content of this article is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health or the Department of Veterans Affairs. Participating research centres at the time of this writing are as follows: Loyola University Chicago – 2160 S. 1st Avenue, Maywood, Il 60153-3328: Linda Brubaker, MD, MS, Multi-PI; Elizabeth Mueller, MD, MSME, Multi-PI; Colleen M. Fitzgerald, MD, MS, Investigator; Cecilia T. Hardacker, RN, MSN, Investigator; Jeni Hebert-Beirne, PhD, MPH, Investigator; Missy Lavender, MBA, Investigator; David A. Shoham, PhD, Investigator. University of Alabama at Birmingham – 1720 2nd Ave South, Birmingham, AL 35294: Kathryn Burgio, PhD, PI; Cora E. Lewis, MD, MSPH, Investigator; Alayne Markland, DO, MSc, Investigator; Gerald McGwin, PhD, Investigator; Beverly Williams, PhD, Investigator. University of California San Diego – 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093-0021: Emily S. Lukacz, MD, PI; Sheila Gahagan, MD, MPH, Investigator; D. Yvette LaCoursiere, MD, MPH, Investigator; Jesse N. Nodora, DrPH, Investigator. University of Michigan – 500 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109: Janis M. Miller, PhD, MSN, PI; Lawrence Chin-I An, MD, Investigator; Lisa Kane Low, PhD, CNM, FAAN, Investigator. University of Pennsylvania – Urology, 3rd FL West, Perelman Bldg, 34th & Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19104: Diane Kaschak Newman, DNP, ANP-BC, FAAN PI; Amanda Berry, PhD, CRNP, Investigator; C. Neill Epperson, MD, Investigator; Kathryn H. Schmitz, PhD, MPH, FACSM, FTOS, Investigator; Ariana L. Smith, MD, Investigator; Ann Stapleton, MD, FIDSA, FACP, Investigator; Jean Wyman, PhD, RN, FAAN, Investigator. Washington University in St. Louis – One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130: Siobhan Sutcliffe, PhD, PI; Colleen McNicholas, DO, MSc, Investigator; Aimee James, PhD, MPH, Investigator; Jerry Lowder, MD, MSc, Investigator; Mary Townsend, ScD, Investigator. Yale University – PO Box 208058 New Haven, CT 06520-8058: Leslie Rickey, MD, PI; Deepa Camenga, MD, MHS, Investigator; Toby Chai, MD, Investigator; Jessica B. Lewis, MFT, MPhil, Investigator. Steering Committee Chair: Mary H. Palmer, PhD, RN; University of North Carolina. NIH Program Office: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Division of Kidney, Urologic, and Hematologic Diseases, Bethesda, MD: NIH Project Scientist: Tamara Bavendam MD, MS; Project Officer: Ziya Kirkali, MD; Scientific Advisors: Chris Mullins, PhD and Jenna Norton, MPH. Scientific and Data Coordinating Center (SDCC): University of Minnesota – 3 Morrill Hall, 100 Church St. S.E., Minneapolis MN 55455: Bernard Harlow, PhD, Multi-PI; Kyle Rudser, PhD, Multi-PI; Sonya S. Brady, PhD, Investigator; John Connett, PhD, Investigator; Haitao Chu, MD, PhD, Investigator; Cynthia Fok, MD, MPH, Investigator; Sarah Lindberg, MPH, Investigator; Todd Rockwood, PhD, Investigator; Melissa Constantine, PhD, MPAff, Investigator.
© 2019 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
- bladder health
- focus groups
- lower urinary tract symptoms
- primary prevention
- qualitative research
- socioecological model
- urinary symptoms
- urologic nursing
- women's health
PubMed: MeSH publication types
- Journal Article