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A prospective audit of the use of a prostate clinic

A prospective audit of the use of a prostate clinic

British Journal of Urology 78(5): 733-736

Objective: To assess the efficiency of a prostate clinic and to determine the treatment outcomes and the proportion of patients who could potentially be managed by their General Practitioners (GPs). Patients and methods: Referral letters from GPs were screened by the consultant urologists and appropriate patients seen in the next available prostate clinic. The initial assessment consisted of an International Prostate Symptom Score and a medical history, uroflowmetry, ultrasonographically determined post-void urine volumes, renal function tests and measurement of prostate specific antigen, in addition to a physical examination and a digital rectal examination. Further investigations were requested as required. Results: Over a period of 18 months, 403 patients were seen, 90% of them within 12 weeks from the time of referral. Uroflowmetry was performed in 96% of patients and further urodynamics in 22%. Bladder outlet obstruction was diagnosed in 246 (61%) patients and primary detrusor instability was detected in 20 (5%) patients. Fourteen per cent of patients were returned to the care of the GP following their first visit. The audit identified a potential group of patients (52%) who could be managed by their GP. Seven per cent underwent prostate surgery for the relief of bladder outlet obstruction. Conclusion: The prostate clinic significantly reduced the delay for patients to be seen at the hospital and facilitated rapid assessment and investigation, much of which was carried out by a nurse practitioner during the first visit (in most cases). Several patients were identified who could be managed in the community.

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DOI: 10.1046/j.1464-410x.1996.20112.x

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