Urinary Tract Infection

Part of the Management of Common Diseases in Family Practice book series (MCDF)


Urinary tract infection is experienced and studied at three different levels and is commonly encountered at all of them. First of all there is the community itself; a survey carried out in Wales in 19691 revealed that nearly half of a screened population of 3000 women between 20 and 64 years had experienced dysuria (defined as a burning pain on micturition) at some time in their life. Twenty per cent had actually complained of dysuria during the year preceding the study and in half of them the symptoms had lasted 2 weeks or more. Self-medication was very common and only 10% of the women with symptoms in the year of the study bothered to consult a doctor. These figures were confirmed in a more recent general practice based study published in 1983 involving 6000 women between 20 and 542. On a 62% response, 20% reported dysuria in the year preceding the study and half of them suffered at least one further episode in the same year.


Urinary Tract Infection Urinary Infection Acute Pyelonephritis Urinary Tract Infec Primary Health Care Team 
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© D. Brooks and E.M. Dunbar 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Middleton, ManchesterUK
  2. 2.Regional Infectious Diseases UnitMonsall HospitalManchesterUK

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