Novel telehealth approach may improve overactive bladder symptoms

Women with overactive ­bladder — a chronic condition triggering a sudden, hard-to-control urge to urinate — showed significant improvement in symptoms when they added telehealth visits to their usual care, new research suggests.

The pilot study by Harvard researchers, published online March 7, 2022, by Menopause, included 23 women newly diagnosed with overactive bladder, which affects about one in five women. Instead of a traditional follow-up office visit three months after diagnosis, participants scheduled a so-called async=”async”hronous telehealth visit for about a month later. This involved completing an electronic questionnaire about their symptoms and treatment progress. Clinicians responded to each patient’s answers with specific recommendations, such as switching medications or reinforcing behaviors (such as cutting back on fluids and caffeine) to improve overactive bladder symptoms.

Over four months, most participants completed two such telehealth visits. All showed significant improvement in their urinary symptoms and less urine leakage between their first and last telehealth visits. More than 30% switched medications or adjusted dosage, and most rated their treatment experience highly. Researchers plan further studies to determine if the telehealth approach might improve overactive bladder care, since nearly half of patients suffer from lingering urinary difficulties despite advances in treatment.

Bible verses for today’s meditation and inspiration: Matthew E. McLaren

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV

The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Philippians 4:4 NIV

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12 NIV

When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy. Psalm 94:19 NIV

The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad. Psalm 118:24 NIV

Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. Habakkuk 3:17-18 NIV

You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. Psalm 16:11 NIV

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:8-9 NIV

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