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Micturition problems in relation to quality of life in men with prostate cancer or benign prostatic hyperplasia - Comparison with men from the general population

  • L Jakobsson
  • L Loven
  • Ingalill Rahm Hallberg
Publishing year: 2004
Language: English
Pages: 218-229
Publication/Series: Cancer Nursing
Volume: 27
Issue: 3
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Abstract english

The aim of the study was to investigate men with prostate cancer and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in comparison with men from the general population in aspects of presence and frequency of micturition problems in remembrance of prior to treatment and currently. Further, the aim was to investigate the impact of micturition problems on quality of life and the association with micturition problems, and quality of life and sense of coherence (SOC). The samples consisted of 155 men with prostate cancer, 131 with BPH, and 129 from the general population. Micturition problems were assessed with study-specific questions, modified International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS), quality of life questionnare (QLQ C-30), and SOC questionnaires. Parametric and nonparametric statistics were applied. Most troublesome urinary problems were leakage, feelings of discomfort, and disrupted urinary function and frequency. Men with urological diagnosis had more micturition problems, fatigue, and sleeping difficulties than men from the general population, but the cancer diagnosis did not add to the problems. Role and social functioning (prostate cancer), emotional functioning (BPH), and grade of fatigue (general population) showed itself vital for overall quality of life. Thus, help in solving issues of micturition problems, fatigue, and sleeping disturbances may contribute to maintenance of role, social, and emotional aspects of life.


  • Nursing
  • problem
  • micturition/urination
  • benign prostatic hyperplasia
  • general population
  • prostate cancer
  • quality of life


  • ISSN: 1538-9804
Ingalill Rahm Hallberg
E-mail: ingalill [dot] rahm_hallberg [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se

Professor emerita

Health-promoting Complex Interventions