Involving patients in decision making requires expert knowledge and an understanding of patients’ perspectives. This week we report the results of a small study that aimed to assess the impact of self-testing on catheter evaluation by continence nurses. The authors found that almost half of the participants found self-testing intermittent catheters to be a useful experience and some of those who did not routinely self-test said they would do so in future. The study required ethical approval and risk assessment.
What do you think?
- Have you ever self-tested a product before using it?
- What are the risk associated with self-testing?
- What are the benefits?
- What other types of product could nurses usefully test themselves?