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Would you be willing to ‘self-test’ a catheter?

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Rigby D et al (2014) Does nurse self-testing affect catheter choice? Nursing Times; 110: 18, 15-17.



Involving patients in decision making about their care requires expert knowledge and understanding of patients’ perspectives. Knowledge comes from several sources and experience; however, the self-testing of products by health professionals who teach clean intermittent self-catheterisation (CISC) has not been investigated.

This study aimed to assess the impact of self-testing on catheter evaluation by continence nurses.


Sixteen continence nurses self-tested two catheters and completed a questionnaire on their opinions about the catheter, routine self-testing and whether the study would make them change their usual practice.


Almost half of the participants found self-testing intermittent catheters a useful experience and some of those who did not routinely self-test said they would do so in future.


Self-testing intermittent catheters can provide useful knowledge to those who teach CISC.


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  • Would you be willing to ‘self-test’ a catheter?
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  • Jane Brocksom

    I really hope this article makes nurses think about 'trying it thissen' - I really believe it gives me a better understanding when teaching self catheterisation to female patients, I have tried the vast majority of products over the last 14yrs, more than once with most of them.....

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