Urologists' Referral Attitude for Sacral Neuromodulation for Treating Refractory Idiopathic Overactive Bladder Syndrome: Discrete Choice Experiment

Thomas M. Kessler*, Angelina Maric, Livio Mordasini, Jens Woellner, Juergen Pannek, Ulrich Mehnert, Philip E. van Kerrebroeck, Lucas M. Bachmann

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Aims To investigate urologists' referral attitude for sacral neuromodulation (SNM) for treating refractory idiopathic overactive bladder syndrome (OAB) and to quantify the weight they attribute to clinical parameters to refrain from SNM referral. MethodsWe set up a vignette study using a discrete-choice design. The questionnaires were distributed at two national urological meetings. ResultsOne hundred eight urologists completed the questionnaire. Three parameters were significantly associated with the decision to refrain from referral: absolute contraindications for SNM (anatomical low bladder compliance, current urinary tract infection, progressive neurological disease, urinary tumors) had the strongest association (0.78, 95% CI 0.58 to 0.97; P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1240-1246
JournalNeurourology and Urodynamics
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2014


  • discrete-choice experiment
  • overactive bladder syndrome
  • sacral neuromodulation
  • vignette study

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