Enhancing women's lives through bladder health
Methods: Women (N=24) aged 21 years and over from ethnically diverse backgrounds, who live in the community are being recruited to participate in focus groups, regardless of LUTS presence. A structured interview guide is used to elicit responses about the meaning of bladder health and to identify behaviors women use to empty their bladders at home and away from home. Data will be used to revise the TB-WEB to include the language women use to describe bladder health and the behaviors they use to void in the course of daily life. Cognitive interviews will be conducted to ensure TB-WEB items are understood by women from diverse backgrounds.
Results: The study is on-going, with 8 women having participated in focus groups thus far.
Conclusions: Information from the revised TB-WEB will be used to develop screening tools and risk profiles with the aim of reducing LUTS incidence in women across the lifespan.
Learning Areas:Advocacy for health and health education
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related research
Discuss the importance of bladder health to women's health across the lifespan. Describe two behaviors women say they use to manage urination at home and while away from home.
Keyword(s): Health Promotion and Education, Aging
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the principal or co-principal investigator on studies investigating behaviors women use that may affect bladder health. My research interests include risk factors for and correlates of lower urinary tract symptoms in adult and aging women. I am a member of the NIDDK External Expert Panel on the Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms Network.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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