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Research project: Intermittent catheterisation for long-term bladder management - Dormant

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The most frequent complication of intermittent catheterisation (IC) is urinary tract infection (UTI), but acceptability and ease of use are also important. It is unclear which catheter designs, techniques and strategies affect the incidence of UTI, are acceptable to users and are cost effective. Completion date: September 2014

The review found that despite 31 trials, it is still not clear whether aseptic technique or specialised catheters are better to prevent UTI or improve user experience. UTI does not appear to be reduced by single-use catheters; healthcare providers and users should consider multi-use.

Supported by: The Cochrane Incontinence Group.

The National Institute for Health Research (UK) is the largest single funder of the Cochrane Incontinence Group.

Research group: Fundamental Care and Patient Safety

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