Assessment, management and prevention of urinary tract infections in men
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Assessment, management and prevention of urinary tract infections in men

Alison Bardsley Senior lecturer in adult nursing and course director in non-medical prescribing, Coventry University, Coventry, England

Why you should read this article:
  • » To understand the aspects of assessment and investigations used to diagnose urinary tract infections (UTIs) in men

  • » To update your knowledge of effective treatment and prevention strategies for UTIs in men

  • » To count towards revalidation as part of your 35 hours of CPD, or you may wish to write a reflective account (UK readers)

  • » To contribute towards your professional development and local registration renewal requirements (non-UK readers)

While urinary tract infections (UTIs) are uncommon in healthy men aged under 50 years, their prevalence rises in men aged over 65 years. UTIs can be classified as uncomplicated or complicated. UTI in men is considered to be more complicated than in women, because it is often related to abnormalities of the urinary tract, such as prostatic enlargement or a urethral stricture. UTI is associated with a significant disease burden and cost to patients and healthcare organisations. It is one of the most common reasons for prescription of antibiotics in primary care; however, because antibiotic resistance is becoming increasingly widespread, it is essential that these drugs are used prudently. The main strategy for preventing UTIs in men is to avoid the use of indwelling catheters.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2018.e11039


Bardsley A (2018) Assessment, management and prevention of urinary tract infections in men. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2018.e11039

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Conflict of interest

None declared

Published online: 27 July 2018

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