Published: 2022-07-26

Urethral stricture disease: a qualitative survey to assess mental status of the patients

Kali Sankar Bhattacharyya, Pritama Paul, Sritama Paul, Piyali Dutta Chowdhury, Uttam Kumar Paul


Background: Urethral stricture patients are often associated with general anxiety disorders. So, our objective was to gather the data of manifestation of anxiety disorder in urethral stricture patients.

Methods: We had measured the anxiety level of these patients after two weeks of insertion of catheters (with catheter) and again two weeks after removal of catheter (without catheter) by using the ‘7-item generalized anxiety disorder’ (GAD-7) tool.

Results: During the data analysis we have found that amongst the 56 patients included in the study 24 patients had minimal, 12 patients had mild, 11 patients had moderate and 9 patients had severe level of anxiety after 2 weeks of insertion of catheter. Later on, two weeks after removal of catheter 32 patients had minimal, 14 patients had mild, 7 patients had moderate level and 3 patients had severe level of anxiety.

Conclusions: So, it can be concluded that urethral stricture disease with an indwelling catheter is an important cause of moderate to severe anxiety and proper intervention plan is crucial for all patients before and after inserting catheter. 


Urethral stricture, Anxiety, Quality of life, Qualitative

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