Urinary catheterization in acute stroke: clinical realities. A mixed methods study

Eileen Cowey, Lorraine N. Smith, Jo Booth, Christopher J. Weir

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The objective of this study was to determine what influences the decision to insert an indwelling urinary catheter in acute stroke patients.Design: A prospective casenote review and semi-structured interviews were conducted and corporate catheterization policy in the study sites was investigated. Three teaching hospitals, typical of stroke service provision in most developed countries were used in the study. Casenotes from 70 consecutive acute stroke admissions; 50 doctors, nurses and physiotherapists working in acute stroke units and medical receiving units.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)470-479
Number of pages10
JournalClinical Rehabilitation
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2012



  • stroke
  • continence assessment
  • policy
  • decision making
  • catheter
  • urinary medicine

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