Women's Experiences of Internet-Based or Postal Treatment for Stress Urinary Incontinence
2014 (English)In: Qualitative Health Research, ISSN 1049-7323, E-ISSN 1552-7557, Vol. 24, no 4, 484-493 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Stress urinary incontinence is common and sometimes embarrassing. New, simple, and easily accessible treatments are needed. We telephone interviewed 21 women who participated in a randomized controlled study comparing two treatment programs based on instructions for pelvic floor muscle training. One program was Internet-based and included email support by a urotherapist; the other was sent by post. There was no face-to-face contact in either program. Our main aim was to explore the women's experiences of the Internet-based treatment. Grounded theory analysis revealed three categories: hidden but present, at a distance but close, and by myself but not alone. These were incorporated in a core category: acknowledged but not exposed. The leakage was often a well-hidden secret, but the study treatments lowered the barrier for seeking care. In the Internet group, a supportive patient-provider relationship developed despite the lack of face-to-face contact. Internet-based treatment programs can increase access to care and empower women.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 24, no 4, 484-493 p.
grounded theory, health seeking, Internet, interviews, relationships, self-care, women's health
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-90457DOI: 10.1177/1049732314524486ISI: 000333655200004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-90457DiVA: diva2:733024