“Cranberries contain a substance that can prevent bacteria from sticking to the walls of the bladder. This may help reduce bladder and other urinary tract infections.” (Craig, et. al, 1998)
The use of cranberry juice to effectively treat a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) is not a heavily studied topic, but some people believe that it can be used to treat a UTI.
This essay will discuss the scenario of a 22-year-old woman, Susan, who is suffering from a UTI, who wishes to drink cranberry juice as part of her treatment, instead of taking her prescribed antibiotics. Wanting to receive the best treatment for…show more content… The four specific databases that were used in this research are, Cinahl, Medline, Joanna Briggs and Cochrane Library. All of these databases were chosen because they provided up to date peer reviewed evidence that was relevant to the search terms. This ensures that the evidence that was found was relevant and reliable. The Cinahl website was useful to gather background information on the topic such as how a UTI is contracted and how it effects the body. The Cochrane Library and Medline website was useful to because it gave specific information on studies that had already been done by other researchers. This helped to ensure that the study that is being undertaken was searching for the right results.
Types of Evidence
The five types of evidence that have been secured when researching are as follows. The pieces of evidence are in numerical order, where 1 is the strongest evidence found and 4 is the weakest. 1. Craig, JC., Jepson, RG., Mihaljevic, L., (1998)
Craig, Jepson, Mihaljevic provided a clear and understandable analysis of the use of cranberries in the treatment of UTI’s. Their evidence shows that the use of cranberry capsules when the person knows that they may receive a UTI (in surgical catheters) reduces the contractibility by half. This evidence was relevant to the PICO question.
The analysis was found in the database of systematic reviews.