Insights into Effective Bladder Health Interventions - Diane Newman

July 21, 2023

Diane Newman shares her background in patient care, specializing in behavioral therapy. She communicates the challenge of misconceptions about her work, emphasizing the research-backed effectiveness of her methods. Dr. Newman has published widely on her therapies for homebound elderly and bladder health, and presented on catheter care for UTIs. As a Doctor of Nursing Practice, she seeks to bridge gaps in understanding, especially among other healthcare professionals.


Diane K. Newman, DNP, ANP-BC, BCB-PMD, FAAN, Adjunct Professor of Urology in Surgery, Research Investigator Senior, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, and Former Co-Director of the Penn Center for Continence and Pelvic Health, Philadelphia, PA

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Diane Newman: I want to start with my background and start with patient care and give you a little bit of slice about what I've been doing, because I think that will helpful, just so you understand exactly where my expertise lies.

Always when greeting patients I've heard things like, what I always say to start off with is, "Why are you here today? Who sent you to me?" And what I always hear a lot of times in patients is, "Dr. So-and-So referred me to you, he said that you do miracles," and I find that really fascinating because I think a lot of times my colleagues don't really know what I do. And I remember telling one patient, "Well, I know that physician thinks I'm a witch, but I don't do miracles." And a lot of times you find that other providers and other professionals don't really understand what my interventions are, what my treatments are, but I want to really stress to you, and you'll find this on this website, other information on the evidence behind behavioral therapy, that these have a lot of research onto their effectiveness, or I wouldn't be doing it.

I'm going to go through some of the areas where my expertise is in patient care. I publish on behavioral therapy in homebound elderly. I actually publish with my colleague, Dr. Alan Wein, the office-based behavioral therapy that I do actually give, so that other professionals would understand exactly what our treatments are. I've also published on really the impact of lifestyle and behavioral interventions for bladder health. I've done a lot of presentations as far as to inform other providers, especially nurses, on the patient care that you can provide in this area. This is actually something that I did as far as my doctorate, I do have a doctorate of nursing practice, where I did work with catheter associated UTIs and the evidence behind catheter nursing care, and this is a poster that I presented on that.
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