Is well-being associated with lower urinary tract symptoms in patients with stroke?

Sigrid Tibaek, Christian Dehlendorff, Helle K. Iversen, Peter Klarskov, Gunvor Gard, Rigmor Jensen

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    Objective. This study aimed to assess self-reported well-being in a clinical sample of stroke patients and to identify possible associations with prevalence, severity and bother of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS). Material and methods. A cross-sectional, clinical survey was initiated whereby stroke patients were invited to complete The WHO-Five Well-Being Index (WHO-5) and a LUTS instrument, the Danish Prostatic Symptom Score (DAN-PSS-1) questionnaire. Of 519 stroke patients invited, 482 subjects were eligible and 407 (84%) respondents answered the questionnaires. Results. Poor well-being (sum score <13) was reported by 22% of all stroke patients, for women 29% and for men 14%. Depression (sum score <8) was reported by 10%, for women 11% and for men 8%. Poor well-being was significantly (p <0.01) associated with severity and bother of LUTS. Likewise, poor well-being was significantly (p <0.001) associated with the prevalence of four different symptom groups of LUTS. Conclusions. The results indicate that poor well-being is present in stroke patients with LUTS, especially in women. Likewise, the data showed significant association between poor well-being and LUTS. Screening for well-being and LUTS in stroke patients is strongly recommended.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalScandinavian Journal of Urology and Nephrology
    Issue number2
    Pages (from-to)134-142
    Publication statusPublished - 2011


    • WHO-5 Well-Being Index
    • Stroke
    • LUTS
    • DAN-PSS-1 questionnaire

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