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261 Decisional conflict in patients with spinal cord injury for management of neurogenic lower urinary tract dysfunction
  1. Cintia Tanure1,2,
  2. Luciana Bampi1,
  3. Lucimar Rodrigues3,
  4. Francino Azevedo1
  1. 1Postgraduate Program in Nursing, Department of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, University Brasília, Brasília, Brazil
  2. 2Apoio Hospital, Brasília State Department of Health, Brasília, Brazil
  3. 3Association of Social Pioneers. Sarah Network of Hospitals. Hospital Sarah Brasília Lago Norte, Brasília, Brazil


Patients with spinal cord injury often face difficulties related to neurogenic lower urinary tract dysfuntion (NLUTD).1 The management of NLUTD is crucial for their daily life activities.2 In order to understand the decision-making process of these patients when presented with clean intermittent catheterization as a treatment method for NLUTD,3 we conducted a cross-sectional observational study. The study involved 30 patients, mostly men with an average age of 32.43 years, who were receiving treatment in a public hospital specializing in rehabilitation in the Federal District. We used two research instruments for data collection: a sociodemographic and clinical questionnaire and the Brazilian version of the Decisional Conflict Scale.4 5 The collected data were analyzed using inferential and descriptive statistics of central tendency and dispersion through absolute and relative frequencies, mean, and standard deviation. The study protocol was approved by the Research Ethics Committee of the Health Department of the Federal District. The results of the study showed that decisional conflict was identified in half of the patients, mainly among those with a shorter duration of spinal cord injury and catheterization period. Lack of information and support for performing the procedure were the main factors causing decision-making conflicts. Patients who performed self-catheterization faced fewer decision-making conflicts than those who underwent assisted catheterization. In conclusion, the study suggests that the duration of injury and catheterization period can influence the acquisition of skills and knowledge required for catheterization, resulting in decisional conflicts among patients. Decision support and assisted self-care can help to reduce decisional conflicts and improve patient engagement.


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