Date of Award
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.
Rheault, Martha Ellen, "The Effect of Post-Prostatectomy Urinary Incontinence on Quality of Life" (1997). Masters Theses. 306.