Overactive Bladder (OAB)

Patient Centered Overactive Bladder Care
There are many treatments available for overactive bladder, all of which have implications for quality of life.

The management for overactive bladder is dependent on your overall health, medical history and personal preferences. When you meet with your physician, your discussion of potential management options will encompass all of these important aspects.

This research study is focused on helping people identify their overactive bladder treatment related preferences which will help initiate a patient-centered dialogue with their physician.

This study has two phases.

In Phase 1 of this study, we will assess people’s knowledge and attitudes regarding overactive bladder. Participants will take part in either a focus group or a one-on-one phone survey, and will be compensated with gift card for their time and effort.

In Phase 2 of this study, participants will be randomized to one of the two study groups:

  1. "Usual care group" in which the participant will meet with the doctor as scheduled, or
  2. "Patient Centered intervention group" in which the participant will meet with their doctor as scheduled, plus complete a computer-based patient centered preference assessment tool.

This computer based preference assessment tool assesses people’s preferences about potential overactive bladder treatments and their side effects. The goal of this tool is to help people clarify their values and concerns related to overactive bladder treatment. Each participant randomized to this intervention group will complete this tool and will be given a copy of the results, which include aspects of overactive bladder treatment that have been identified by the participant as most important based on their individual preferences. Participants can use this information to guide their discussions with physicians. The preference assessment tool takes about 10 minutes to complete. If you are assigned to the intervention group, you will complete the preference assessment tool just before your appointment with your physician.

In addition, participants from both groups will complete questionnaires at baseline and at six month follow-up. Participants will be given gift cards to compensate for time and effort.

This study also has a primary care physician directed evidence based care component which consists of a 30 minute long on-line review of evidence based overactive bladder care and provides overview of patient centered care.

For more information about the study or to find out if you are eligible to participate, please call 215-573-2049 or email ashlie.jefferson@uphs.upenn.edu.