«LUTS/BPH - Who treats?». The results of the epidemiologic study

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BPH; Epidemiology; LUTS


© 2019, IBionika Media Ltd. All rights reserved. Introduction. In this study an attempt was made to determine some reasons that prompted the urologist to make a choice in favor of particular drug or combination from a wide variety of available drugs. The prescribing habits and subjective evaluation of efficiency and safety of the drugs for the treatment of lower urinary tract symptoms/benign prostatic hyperplasia by the urologists in Russia was analyzed. Materials and methods: a prospective multicenter epidemiological study «LUTS/BPH - who treats?» was carried out in 12 centers using data obtained from May 1 to July 31, 2018 with anonymous survey of 500 urologists living in 9 cities of the Russian Federation. The survey consisted of 46 questions reflecting a level of education, involvement in scientific life of urologic community, membership in various professional organizations, and subjective assessment of safety and efficiency of drugs used in Russian Federation for the treatment of urinary disorders. The obtained data was analyzed for a whole group and further in the subgroups. Results: Alpha-blockers are the most commonly prescribed drugs. These drugs constitute 63.4% of all appointments, followed by the 5-a-reductase inhibitors (23.98%) and combined therapy by the both drugs (24.68%). The most frequently used alpha-blocker is tamsulosin, but professors, MD and urologists, who read special literature at a regular basis, prescribed tamsulosin and silodosin equally. In primary cases and in patients with concomitant cardiac pathology, silodosin was prescribed more commonly in comparison with other alpha-blockers. Conclusion: the results of the study indicate a concordance with global trends in the treatment of these patients. Our data reflect a significant influence of the level of education, work experience and involvement in scientific professional life of urologic community on the choice of a particular drug for the treatment of LUTS/BPH and prove the feasibility of further work which should be aimed at popularization of the modern medical knowledges among the urologists and organization of a process of continuous medical education.