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How women manage recurrent urinary tract infections: an analysis of postings on a popular web forum

How women manage recurrent urinary tract infections: an analysis of postings on a popular web forum
How women manage recurrent urinary tract infections: an analysis of postings on a popular web forum
Background

Recurrent urinary tract infections (RUTIs) are commonly presented by women in primary care. In order to explore the poorly described experience of women with RUTIs a qualitative study was conducted that analysed data from a publically accessible internet-based self-help forum.

Methods

Qualitative Description was used to analyse the text with an emphasis on using the naturalistic language of the informants to portray their perceptions and experiences of RUTIs. Individual codes were identified inductively and grouped according to common ideas into related categories, before being incorporated into five main themes.

Results

Women of diverse ages and geographical location contributed to the website. Themes were identified that vividly explored the atypical symptomatology of RUTIs, the serious impact it had on many aspects of women’s lives, different attitudes to treatments options such as antibiotics, the use of unorthodox approaches such as complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) and contrasting experiences of medical practitioners.

Conclusion

A web-based analysis can vividly capture the views of a diverse population. RUTIs can have a disabling effect on women’s health, their intimate and social relationships, self-esteem, and capacity for work. Further research is required to clarify the wider relevance of the qualitative themes identified, to identify key elements of good practice, and to provide a more rigorous assessment of CAM interventions.
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Flower, A., Bishop, F.L. and Lewith, G. (2014) How women manage recurrent urinary tract infections: an analysis of postings on a popular web forum. BMC Family Practice, 15 (162), 1-8. (doi:10.1186/1471-2296-15-162). (PMID:25260870)

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Abstract

Background

Recurrent urinary tract infections (RUTIs) are commonly presented by women in primary care. In order to explore the poorly described experience of women with RUTIs a qualitative study was conducted that analysed data from a publically accessible internet-based self-help forum.

Methods

Qualitative Description was used to analyse the text with an emphasis on using the naturalistic language of the informants to portray their perceptions and experiences of RUTIs. Individual codes were identified inductively and grouped according to common ideas into related categories, before being incorporated into five main themes.

Results

Women of diverse ages and geographical location contributed to the website. Themes were identified that vividly explored the atypical symptomatology of RUTIs, the serious impact it had on many aspects of women’s lives, different attitudes to treatments options such as antibiotics, the use of unorthodox approaches such as complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) and contrasting experiences of medical practitioners.

Conclusion

A web-based analysis can vividly capture the views of a diverse population. RUTIs can have a disabling effect on women’s health, their intimate and social relationships, self-esteem, and capacity for work. Further research is required to clarify the wider relevance of the qualitative themes identified, to identify key elements of good practice, and to provide a more rigorous assessment of CAM interventions.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 26 September 2014
Published date: 26 September 2014
Organisations: Primary Care & Population Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 372675
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/372675
ISSN: 1471-2296
PURE UUID: 4d200c25-9bf3-48a5-a4fe-8ec06b189fc9
ORCID for F.L. Bishop: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-8737-6662

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Date deposited: 11 Dec 2014 16:34
Last modified: 01 Oct 2019 00:52

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