Impacts of Bladder Managements and Urinary Complications on Quality of Life: Cross-sectional Perspectives of Persons with Spinal Cord Injury Living in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand

Sintip Pattanakuhar, Fatimah Ahmedy, Steven Setiono, Julia Patrick Engkasan, Vegard Strøm, Apichana Kovindha

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Abstract

Background The impact of bladder care and urinary complications on quality of life in persons with spinal cord injury who have neurogenic lower urinary tract dysfunction has not been elucidated, especially in those living in low-resource countries. Methods This multinational cross-sectional survey was conducted in rehabilitation facilities in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand. Community-dwelling adults with traumatic or nontraumatic spinal cord injury participating in the International Spinal Cord Injury Community Survey from 2017 to 2018 were enrolled. Data regarding bladder management/care, presence of bladder dysfunction, urinary tract infection, and quality of life score were extracted from the International Spinal Cord Injury Community Survey questionnaire. The impact of bladder care and urinary complications on quality of life was determined using univariable and multivariable regression analysis. Results Questionnaires from 770 adults were recruited for analysis. After adjusting for all demographic and spinal cord injury-related data, secondary conditions, as well as activity and participation factors, urinary tract infection was an independent negative predictive factor of quality of life score (P = 0.007, unstandardized coefficients = -4.563, multivariable linear regression analysis, enter method). Conclusions Among bladder care and urinary complication factors, urinary tract infection is the only factor negatively impacting quality of life. These results address the importance of proper bladder management and urinary tract infection prevention in persons with spinal cord injury to improve their quality of life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)214-221
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Volume102
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2023

Keywords

  • InSCI
  • Intermittent Urethral Catheterization
  • Neurogenic Bladder
  • Quality of Life
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Urinary Tract Infection

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