Lower urinary tract symptoms in women—A common but neglected problem

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this review is to provide nurse practitioners (NPs) an understanding of female lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS).

Data sources

Scientific literature including articles on epidemiology, assessment, impact on quality of life (QoL), treatment barriers, and management.

Conclusions

Female LUTS are common and adversely affect QoL. Nevertheless, the social stigma prevents many women from seeking treatment, and healthcare providers often lack adequate time to inquire about bladder health. Although LUTS are not life threatening, the impact is tremendous, and there is an urgent need for healthcare providers to improve management of chronic conditions.

Implications for practice

NPs should play a role in driving this response by increasing awareness of LUTS, taking the lead in examining barriers to treatment, and providing long-term support to patients.

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