How men manage bulbar urethral stricture by concealing urinary symptoms

Paul Whybrow*, Tim Rapley, Robert Pickard, Susan Hrisos

*Corresponding author for this work

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In this article, we present findings from research conducted as part of a multi-center surgical trial. Bulbar urethral stricture, a narrowing of the middle urethra, is a common cause of urinary problems in men that can have a profound impact on their lives. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with a sample of 19 men seeking treatment for urethral stricture. The findings reveal how men tend to develop routines and tactics to adapt to their symptoms and hide them from others rather than seek help. We argue that this concealment becomes an inseparable part of how the disease is managed and is an additional hidden practical and emotional burden for these men. In addition, we suggest that the patients only sought curative treatments once practices of social concealment are no longer viable.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1435-1442
Number of pages8
JournalQualitative Health Research
Issue number10
Early online date23 Feb 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2015


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