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Burnout: an increasing problem in urology

“What we mean, man,” said Chuck forcefully, “is this: how can we care for patients if nobody cares for us?” – Samuel Shem, The House of God, 1978. Samuel Shem’s (Steven Bergman, MD) satirical novel The House of God, has...

Establishing a new TPPBx service during the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 had a major impact on our hospital services from early in the pandemic, with almost three times as many patients being ventilated compared to the normal ITU capacity at the beginning of April. During the build-up to this point,...

What is the role of evidence-based medicine in urology?

The concept of ‘evidence-based medicine’ (EBM) was first developed in the early 1990s and was described as “the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of the current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients” by the recently...

Benign prostatic hyperplasia: what are the benefits and harms of various surgical management options?

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is characterised by stromal and epithelial prostatic cell hyperplasia. The enlarged prostate may be associated with voiding and storage lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS). These have been predominantly attributed to bladder outlet obstruction (BOO), assumed to...

Delivering a laparoscopic urology workshop in West Africa: our initial experience in Senegal

Despite universal adoption and significant technological innovation since its inception around 30 years ago, access to laparoscopic surgery remains lacking in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Whilst some progress has been made in recent years to bridge the gap with the developed...

The surgical trainer – are we still evolving?

“We need a system and we will surely have it – which will produce not only surgeons, but surgeons of the highest type” William Halsted MD William Halsted, a famous American surgeon, is widely credited with developing the first formal...

Guide to gaining approval for a clinical study

This article focuses on gaining approval for clinical research involving NHS patients, although the principles can be applied to other types of research. It can be quite a daunting process for the uninitiated applicant. Often it can be made less...

Barriers to use of semen analysis in the adolescent with a varicocele

This paper tries to address the question of identifying the cause of the difficulty in obtaining a semen analysis (SA) in adolescents with a varicocele in order to try to find improved strategies in giving patient advice, treatment and care....

Mitrofanoff Support – 2019 Report

Mitrofanoff Support is a charity that serves 600 members from more than 20 countries, with more than 1,600 people on our closed Facebook group. As such, we can claim to be the largest support network of Mitrofanoffers in the world, and as awareness continues...

In conversation with Jane Brocksom

We were delighted to chat to Jane Brocksom, President of BAUN, about her background in urology nursing and plans for the association in its 25th year. Can you tell us a bit about your background and what led you into...

Urological emergencies app

BrainyDoc Ltd is back with another brand new educational app called ‘Urological Emergencies’. It is available as a free download for iPhone and iPad (iTunes) and Android mobile devices (Google Play). The Urological Emergencies app provides a series of topics...

In conversation with Roger Kirby

We were delighted to catch up with Roger Kirby, new President of the RSM, about his illustrious career in urology. Can you tell us a little bit about what led you into the field of urology and what have been...
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