Is the CABIC Clean Intermittent Catheterization Patient Education Effective?

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This study examined the effectiveness of the consensus model (Clinical Advisory Board for Intermittent Catheterization [CABIC] method) for teaching clean intermittent self-catheterization (ISC). The primary hypothesis was that the CABIC method of teaching ISC would result in higher ISC knowledge and performance scores.


Prospective, non randomized, pre–post study of an educational intervention of ISC education with nursing students.


Nursing students completed a self-report pre-/posttest, education of the CABIC method, and video recording of the CABIC method using same-gendered manikins. The Le Danseur Instrument (LDI) was used to grade the video-recorded demonstration.


Fifty participants completed three phases of the study. Paired t test showed statistically significant improvement in ISC knowledge. A mean score of 92–93 demonstrated a high level of participant education retention.


The CABIC method of teaching clean ISC is associated with improvement in generalized clean ISC knowledge and performance scores.

Clinical Relevance:

The CABIC method can be integrated into clinical practice as an evidence-based approach to teaching ISC.

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