Matthew J Jackson

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Newcastle-on-Tyne, England, United Kingdom

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Publications (7)46.15 Total impact

  • European Urology 06/2013; · 10.48 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Studies of interventions for urethral stricture have inferred patient benefit from clinician-driven outcomes or questionnaires lacking scientifically robust evidence of their measurement properties for men with this disease. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate urethral reconstruction from the patients' perspective using a validated patient-reported outcome measure (PROM). DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: Forty-six men with anterior urethral stricture at four UK urology centres completed the PROM before (baseline) and 2 yr after urethroplasty. INTERVENTION: A psychometrically robust PROM for men with urethral stricture disease. OUTCOME MEASUREMENTS AND STATISTICAL ANALYSIS: Lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS), health status, and treatment satisfaction were measured, and paired t and Wilcoxon matched-pairs tests were used for comparative analysis. RESULTS AND LIMITATIONS: Thirty-eight men underwent urethroplasty for bulbar stricture and eight for penile stricture. The median (range) follow-up was 25 (20-30) mo. Total LUTS scores (0 = least symptomatic, 24 = most symptomatic) improved from a median of 12 at baseline to 4 at 2 yr (mean [95% confidence interval (CI)] of differences 6.6 [4.2-9.1], p < 0.0001). A total of 33 men (72%) felt their urinary symptoms interfered less with their overall quality of life, 8 (17%) reported no change, and 5 (11%) were worse 2 yr after urethroplasty. Overall, 40 men (87%) remained "satisfied" or "very satisfied" with the outcome of their operation. Health status visual analogue scale scores (100 = best imaginable health, 0 = worst) 2 yr after urethroplasty improved from a mean of 69 at baseline to 79 (mean [95% CI] of differences 10 [2-18], p = 0.018). Health state index scores (1 = full health, 0 = dead) improved from 0.79 at baseline to 0.89 at 2 yr (mean [95% CI] of differences 0.10 [0.02-0.18), p = 0.012]). CONCLUSIONS: This is the first study to prospectively evaluate urethral reconstruction using a validated PROM. Men reported continued relief from symptoms with related improvements in overall health status 2 yr after urethroplasty. These data can be used as a provisional reference point against which urethral surgeons can benchmark their performance.
    European Urology 05/2013; · 10.48 Impact Factor
  • European Urology 07/2011; 60(1):71. · 10.48 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A systematic literature review did not identify a formally validated patient-reported outcome measure (PROM) for urethral stricture surgery. Devise a PROM for urethral stricture surgery and evaluate its psychometric properties in a pilot study to determine suitability for wider implementation. Constructs were identified from existing condition-specific and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) instruments. Men scheduled for urethroplasty were prospectively enrolled at five centres. Participants self-completed the draft PROM before and 6 mo after surgery. Question sets underwent psychometric assessment targeting criterion and content validity, test-retest reliability, internal consistency, acceptability, and responsiveness. A total of 85 men completed the preoperative PROM, with 49 also completing the postoperative PROM at a median of 146 d; and 31 the preoperative PROM twice at a median interval of 22 d for test-retest analysis. Expert opinion and patient feedback supported content validity. Excellent correlation between voiding symptom scores and maximum flow rate (r = -0.75), supported by parallel improvements in EQ-5D visual analogue and time trade-off scores, established criterion validity. Test-retest intraclass correlation coefficients ranged from 0.83 to 0.91 for the total voiding score and 0.93 for the construct overall; Cronbach's α was 0.80, ranging from 0.76 to 0.80 with any one item deleted. Item-total correlations ranged from 0.44 to 0.63. These values surpassed our predefined thresholds for item inclusion. Significant improvements in condition-specific and HRQoL components following urethroplasty demonstrated responsiveness to change (p < 0.0001). Wider implementation and review of the PROM will be required to establish generalisability across different disease states and for more complex interventions. This pilot study has defined a succinct, practical, and psychometrically robust PROM designed specifically to quantify changes in voiding symptoms and HRQoL following urethral stricture surgery.
    European Urology 03/2011; 60(1):60-8. · 10.48 Impact Factor
  • British Journal of Medical and Surgical Urology 01/2011; 4(1):39-41.
  • Matthew J Jackson, James N'Dow, Rob Pickard
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    ABSTRACT: Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) are now recognised as the most appropriate instruments to assess the effectiveness of healthcare interventions from the patient's perspective. The purpose of this review was to identify recent publications describing the use of PROMs following reconstructive urological surgery. A wide systematic search identified only three original articles published in the last 2 years that prospectively assessed effectiveness using a patient-completed condition-specific or generic health-related quality of life (HRQoL) instrument. These publications illustrate the need to administer PROMs at a postoperative interval relevant to the anticipated recovery phase of individual procedures. They also highlight the difference in responsiveness of generic HRQoL instruments to symptomatic improvement between straightforward conditions such as pelviureteric junction obstruction and complex multidimensional conditions such as meningomyelocele. PROMs uptake and awareness is increasing in reconstructive urology but more work is required to demonstrate the effectiveness of surgical procedures for patients and healthcare funders alike. Healthcare policy-makers now rely on these measures to determine whether specific treatments are worth financing and to compare outcomes between institutions.
    Current opinion in urology 11/2010; 20(6):495-9. · 2.50 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Leydig cell tumors are the most common interstitial neoplasm of the testes. Metastatic progression is historically quoted at over 10%, fuelling uncertainty as to the safety of testis sparing surgery. Between June 1998 and March 2009, 29 patients underwent surgery for Leydig cell tumor of the testis in our cancer network. We reviewed their histological features and clinical outcomes. Four patients with sub-5 millimetre lesions underwent testis sparing surgery and 25 were treated with radical orchidectomy. Histopathological characteristics that have been linked with risk of malignant progression were seen infrequently in our cohort: diameter greater than 50 mm, 0%; nuclear atypia, 14%; >3 mitoses per 10 high-power fields, 3%; infiltrative borders, 10%; necrosis, 3%; and vascular invasion 0%. No patient developed local or distant recurrent disease over a median follow up of 49 months, including seven and four patients disease-free at 5 and 10 years, respectively. The rate of metastatic progression is likely to be significantly less than 10%. Our data suggest that, in the absence of high-risk histopathological features, this tumor can be safely regarded as benign, pending a longer-term follow-up evaluation.
    International Journal of Urology 10/2010; 17(10):886-9. · 1.73 Impact Factor