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

Senior Research Fellow

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Dr Catherine L Murphy is Senior Research Fellow within Health Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Good continence care is fundamental to good nursing care. If we get continence care wrong, the impact on vulnerable and frail patients can be devastating. Working with the Continence Management research group, I aim to contribute to improvements in the evidence base, policy making and care provision.

Catherine Murphy is a senior research fellow in the Continence Management research group in Health Sciences, University of Southampton.

Catherine qualified as a registered nurse from the University of Southampton post graduate diploma course and has since practised in a palliative and end of life care environment. From 2011 to 2014 she undertook a PhD in Health Sciences, focusing on what influences clinicians to make the decision to place a urinary catheter with patients in acute care. Working within the Cochrane Incontinence Group, Catherine co-authored a systematic review of intermittent catheterisation for long-term bladder management.

As part of the Continence Management research team, she is:



Research interests

  • Continence management
  • The risks and benefits of using urinary catheters
  • Patient and clinical decision making
  • Retrospective Think Aloud method
  • Systematic Reviews

Research projects

True Nth Prostate Cancer UK Continence Management Programme: Module 2

Developing a patient decision aid to help patients choose the best continence products for them. There are wide range of continence products available, particularly for men, but patients and often healthcare professionals are unaware of the range of products or how to decide which ones to use. It is hoped that the patient decision aid will help to tackle this knowledge gap.

Urinary catheter reduction programme

Unpicking the reasons for using urinary catheters in acute and community settings to tackle overuse and associated risks to patients. Focusing on weighing up the risks and benefits of catheter use and how use can be restricted.

Caring, coping and crises in continence at the end of life

A study to understand how to support terminally ill people and their families in managing incontinence


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).

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Book Chapter

  • Macaulay, M., Fader, M., & Murphy, C. (2020). Treatment of Storage LUTS. In M. Drake, A. Cocci, & R. Pereira e Silva (Eds.), Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms in Adults (pp. 169-217). Springer.

Personal academic tutor for post-graduate 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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