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Research project: Development and Clinical trial of a mixed (Multi/single-use) catheter management package for users of Intermittent Catheters - MultICath

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The MultICath Study aims to find out whether using a mixture of re-usable catheters and single-use catheters is as safe and acceptable for intermittent catheterisation as using only single-use catheters. The study is led by Professor Mandy Fader from the University of Southampton in collaboration with Bristol Urological Institute, Glasgow Caledonian University, Newcastle University, the Whittington Health NHS Trust, North Bristol Trust and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

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This is a randomised controlled trial in which participants must be willing to use one of two intermittent catheterisation strategies which will be randomly allocated by computer.

The two strategies are:

  • single-use catheters only (most people will be currently using this strategy)
  • mixed-use (combination of single-use and multi-use catheters)

Participants using the 'mixed' strategy, will clean and re-use uncoated, silicone catheters for at least some of their catheterisations. At other times they will continue to use single-use catheters as they would usually do.

The trial is the second phase of this two-phase programme. In Phase 1 in preparation for the trial, we developed with catheter users an effective cleaning method, and interviewed catheter users to characterize their experience of urinary tract infection and find out their views about re-use of catheters.

For comprehensive information about Multicath including interviews with catheter users, Multicath publications and videos of how to clean a reusable catheter please visit the Multicath website.


NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research programme

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