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Gender Bias in Urology

Despite growing patient demand, urology has consistently struggled to recruit and retain female urologists. A recent interview in the Urology Times suggests that gender biases may be a driving factor.

According to Dr Jennifer Miles-Thomas, M.D., female urologists are often the subject of offensive comments and gender-stereotypic perceptions at work*.

Listening actively and developing a retention strategy are some ways that urology practices can help women tackle these unseen barriers!

*Source:
Dr. Jennifer Miles-Thomas addresses the gender gap in urology

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The Importance Of Treating Kidney Stones Promptly

Kidney stones can strike at the most unexpected time, and some parents from our kidney stone patient community have been delaying treatment due to a lack of childcare arrangements.

Studies have shown that patients who delay treatment by more than 45 days are up to 15 times more likely to have an unplanned clinic visit, and 5 times more likely to develop infections*. Offering some flexibility in treatment scheduling can help to ease patients’ stress and help them to receive timely care.

*Source:
MP75-15 The Consequences Of Delaying Stone Treatment

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Raise Index of Suspicion for Older Kidney Stone Patients

According to a study published in the Journal of Urology, older patients are more prone to developing uric, brushite and atypical stones, and more likely to require surgery. Additionally, they tend to experience less or no pain during stone incidents, which may result in treatment delays.

When meeting patients above 60 years old, urologists should raise their index of suspicion for kidney stones, even they only present minor symptoms.

Source:
Effect of Age on the Clinical Presentation of Incident Symptomatic Urolithiasis in the General Population

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Inform Your Patients of What to Expect During Stent Removals

Stent removals can be stressful for kidney stone patients – even more so when they don’t know what to expect.

With more than 1 in 2 patients experiencing moderate to severe pain during stent removal, the added distress can jeopardize treatment outcomes*.

Help your patients by telling them what to expect. It’ll put them at ease, for a smoother procedure!

*Source:
Patient Experiences and Preferences with Ureteral Stent Removal

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Kidney Stone Cases in the U.S. Much Higher Than Expected

A recent NHANES study found significantly more symptomatic stone cases in the U.S than expected, with a 12-month incidence rate of 2.1% — double that of year 2000!​

A rapidly expanding kidney stone patient population would require more healthcare resources, as emergency department visits and demand for treatments surge. Understanding patients’ needs will help urologists allocate resources more effectively.​

Download the 2022 Global Urology Survey report to find out more.

*Sources:
Direct and indirect costs of nephrolithiasis in an employed population: opportunity for disease management?
US Kidney Stone Rate Higher Than Expected

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