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Dr Catherine L Murphy PhD, MSc, PGDip, BSc (Hons)

Senior Research Fellow

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Cathy is a registered nurse and a Senior Research Fellow in the Bladder and Bowel Management research group.

Living with bladder or bowel problems can have a devastating impact on people and their carers. There is an urgent need to develop interventions to help.

Dr Cathy Murphy is a postdoctoral researcher in the Bladder and Bowel Management research group, School of Health Sciences, University of Southampton. She has worked on a range of projects focusing on improving the quality of life of people living with long-term bladder and bowel management problems. She currently has a Fellowship with the Alzheimer’s Society with the goal of improving support for people living at home with both dementia and incontinence. She is also PI on a clinical trial of a urinary catheter device. She is an editor with the Cochrane Incontinence Group and co-chair of the International Consultation on Incontinence Committee on Management Using Continence Products. 

Research interests

  • Bladder and bowel management for people living with dementia
  • End of life bladder and bowel management
  • Supporting carers to deliver bladder and bowel care in the home
  • Urinary catheter use and device innovation
  • Continent product use and design

Research projects

Dementia and Incontinence at Home (DINAH) funded by the Alzheimer’s Society
Fill and Flush – novel urinary catheter valve funded by NIHR i4i


Research group

Fundamental Care and Safety

Research project(s)

Prostate Cancer TrueNorth

This is part of the STAR programme: Development, Implementation & Integration of a Comprehensive Prostate Cancer Survivorship Programme into Practice (The STAR Programme: Personalised Supported Self-Management and Remote Monitoring for Men with Prostate Cancer).

Dementia and incontinence at home (DINAH)

Continence Product Advisor

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Book Chapters

Personal academic tutor to pre-registration nursing students.

Catherine is currently supervising

Charlotte Yearwood-Martin – Development of a Patient Reported Outcome Measure for incontinence pads.


Dr Catherine L Murphy
Health Sciences Student Office University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number: SGH/AA97/MP11

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