Prevalence, risk factors, prophylactic behavior, therapeutic behavior and state of knowledge regarding urinary tract infections among chosen population of nursing/midwifery students and Qualified nurses/midwifes from Medical University of Łódź
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Zakład Nauczania Pielęgniarstwa z Pracowniami Praktycznymi Wydziału Pielęgniarstwa i Położnictwa Uniwersytetu Medycznego w Łodzi. Kierownik Zakładu: dr n. med. E. Borowiak.
I Klinika Urologii Uniwersytetu Medycznego w Łodzi. Kierownik Kliniki: prof. dr hab. n. med. M. Sosnowski
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Aleksandra Grzelewska   

ul. Wyszyńskiego 78 m 63 Łódź, 94-047
Med Srod. 2010;13(1):92-98
The aim of this study was to evaluate the prevalence, risk factors, therapeutic behavior, knowledge level, prophylactic and treatment methods regarding uncomplicated urinary tract infections (UTI).

Material and Methods:
Anonymous, closed, previously validated questionnaire, consisting of 12 questions on UTI in women was used in 267 adult nursing/midwifery students and nurses/midwifes from many different clinics/ wards of the Medical University of Lodz.

83% of respondents reported UTI at least once in a lifetime, 80% of them periodically, with cystitis being a main diagnosis. 40% of respondents reported periodical presence of UTI signs and symptoms without physician diagnosis confirmation. Main UTI causes were body cooling and cold water baths. 40% of respondents had symptoms suggesting UTI in the past but no diagnosis by physician. The risk of UTI symptoms disregarding or self-treatment prevalence decreased with time of professional practice, and in respondents with UTI symptoms connected with sexual activity, antibiotics treatment or sufficient level of knowledge of UTI. 64% UTI positive respondents had mothers with history of UTI.

Cystitis is an important problem in Lodz Medical University students and nurses, however their knowledge level regarding risk factors, prophylactic and management of UTI are insufficient what may lead to underdiagnosis and undertreatment.

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