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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, University College London and North Bristol Trust.

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, plastic catheters for at least some of their catheterisations. At other times they will continue to use single-use catheters as they would usually do.

Our team of clinical and research experts include experienced research nurses who will support the research sites and participants throughout the study.



National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) under its Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) Programme (Grant Reference Number RP-PG-0610-10078).

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