The Potential Role of a Self-Management Intervention for Benign Prostate Hyperplasia
Chen Y, Zhang X, Hu X, Deng Y, Chen J, Li S, Zhang C, Wang J, Liu Z, Hao Y, Xiao Y, Yuan J, Xu T, Wang X. Urology. 2012 Apr 4. [Epub ahead of print]


Urology Department, Peking University People's Hospital, Beijing, China.



To tentatively evaluate the usefulness of self-management interventions in improving the lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) and quality of life (QoL) in patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).


Two-hundred twent-two men were recruited from a teaching hospital at Peking University from March 2008 to September 2009. They were referred by general practitioners to urologic outpatient departments because of BPH after 3-month administration of α-blockers. Participants were randomized to attend either a self-management program or undergo standard care. Difference of scores of International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) and BPH-specific QoL scale between 2 groups was analyzed at the enrollment period, and at the first week, third month, and sixth month.


All participants had been followed for 6 months. There was no significant difference in IPSS score and QoL score between the 2 groups at the enrollment period and first week, whereas at the third month and sixth month, the IPSS scores and QoL self-management interventional group scores were statistically significant lower than those of the standard care group.


Self-management intervention may be associated with decreased LUTS symptoms and may improve QoL in BPH patients with α-blocker administration.