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Health Agencies Update
December 16, 1998

Prostatitis Study Launched

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JAMA. 1998;280(23):1978. doi:10.1001/jama.280.23.1978-JHA80010-4-1

Six medical centers in North America are recruiting more than 600 men with unexplained pelvic discomfort or pain for the Chronic Prostatitis Cohort Study, a 5-year, $5.5-million effort funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

The project is the first sizable multicenter study designed to obtain well-defined, detailed, clinical information on chronic abacterial prostatitis, with the aim of obtaining a better understanding of the natural history of the infection. After collecting such data, the investigators will use the information as a base to evaluate new treatment strategies.