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RecommendationMake sure men with LUTS have access to care that can help with:
  • their emotional and physical conditions and
  • relevant physical, emotional, psychological, sexual and social issues.
RecommendationProvide men with storage LUTS (particularly incontinence) containment products at point of need, and advice about relevant support groups.
Trade off between clinical benefits and harmsLUTS tend still to be a social taboo. Their impact covers many areas of lifestyle that are hard to discuss. However, management and recovery must include coping with that impact and many men may need help to do so.
Economic considerationsNot addressed.
Other considerationsIncontinence is a symptom that can destroy quality of life: it reduces freedom to travel and to socialise, self-respect and sexual function. The sooner that continence can be improved, the sooner the patient's quality of life will begin to improve.

At present many PCTs will not provide such continence management until a diagnosis and treatment plan is in place. Though delay in providing access to specialist local expert continence advice and support services is economically understandable, distress may be avoided by giving access to continence advice and management services at an early stage.

From: 15, Provision of information to, and support of, patients

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