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GPs following NICE LUTS guidance

Nearly half of GPs are following NICE advice on the management of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) in men, one year on from the launch of the guideline, a survey has found.

Around one in four men aged 40 and over will experience symptoms, such as needing to urinate urgently or frequently, retention of urine, hesitancy and incontinence.

Prior to the NICE guideline, there was no national guidance for diagnosing and treating these symptoms in men, which meant that GPs were not always using the most effective treatments.

The survey, conducted by Opinion Health on behalf of GSK and involving 201 GPs, found that of the 46 per cent of GPs who were following the NICE guideline, 41 per cent said that they had greater confidence in conducting the necessary diagnostic tests, such as a digital rectal examination.