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Nursing (M.S.N.)

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College of Nursing


The purpose o f this study was to evaluate the effect of post-operative urinary incontinence on the quality of life of men after radical retropubic prostatectomy (RRP). A convenience sample consisted of 128 males, aged 40 to 75 years, who underwent RRP between May, 1994 and June, 1996 at a 529 bed acute care hospital in a Midwest city.

Subjects were asked to complete 3 data collection tools: The Ferrans and Powers Quality of Life Index Cancer Version (Q.L.I.-C.V.); The Urinary Function Questionnaire for Men After Radical Prostatectomy (Herr, 1994); and a Demographic/Related Information Questionnaire, developed by the researcher.

A significant difference was found between the average overall and socioeconomic, psychologic/spiritual, and family subscale quality of life scores for subjects with continence/occasional incontinence and those with frequent incontinence. The health and functioning subscale average quality of life score was significantly different between continent subjects and occasionally or ftequently incontinent subjects.


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