Urologic Diseases in America project updated for 2012

May 31, 2012

The Urologic Diseases in America research initiative, last published in 2007, has been revised and updated for 2012 to include new, detailed information on the utilization of resources and the costs associated with urologic diseases among men, women, and children.

The Urologic Diseases in America research initiative, last published in 2007, has been revised and updated for 2012 to include new, detailed information on the utilization of resources and the costs associated with urologic diseases among men, women, and children.

The information is organized in tables and designed for use by academic and public health researchers, clinicians, and government officials who are studying these conditions.

The project was developed by researchers from UCLA, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, and RAND Health. The new edition includes the latest information available and was expanded to include more pediatric conditions.Updates include the following:

  • In a recent study, researchers found that nearly all patients with high-grade, noninvasive bladder cancer are not receiving the guideline-recommended care that would best protect them from disease recurrence (Cancer 2012; 118:1412-21).
  • A study found that clinical guidelines for BPH were only followed to a moderate degree and that great variations in care existed from region to region in the United States (Urology 2011; 78:3-9).
  • A 2011 study showed that the use of sacral neuromodulation for the treatment of urinary urge incontinence was less acceptable to the general public than expected from clinical trials (J Urol 2011; 185:970-5). Only 24% of patients underwent a "basic" trial run of the device, and only 51% of those who underwent an “advanced” evaluation of the device chose to receive a permanent device.

In conducting further research, scientists can now work with an interactive version of the report on the UDA Web site that allows them to produce their own personalized tables and graphs, helping them customize and accelerate their research findings.

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