Professional Listings - USA, Canada
Since our founding, the ICN has always believed that our job was to bring the patient and the professional together. Our professional listing accomplishes this goal by directing patients to professionals in their area who have a strong interest in treating interstitial cystitis.
|Disclaimer: This list was created for informational purposes only. It was developed using the names of ICN Professional Subscribers, names of clinicians who have expressed an interest in interstitial cystitis, bladder pain or pelvic pain disorders and/or who may have been recommended by a patient. Listings do not constitute a recommendation or endorsement of that clinic, nor do they guarantee any standard of care. In no event shall the ICN be liable for any decision made or action taken by you in reliance on the information provided by this list. The ICN shall not be liable for any damages, including direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential or any other type of damage.|
Other Countries: Australia
Research & Survey Services
Are you conducting research??
Looking for the opportunity to gather data from a large population of IC patients??
The ICN has a long history of collaborating with researchers to develop data for various IC research studies, such as the rate of miscarriage in IC, female sexual dysfunction, male sexual dysfunction, risk factors and others. We're proud that data generated from our site has been presented at major medical conferences including the NIDDK Basic Bladder Science Symposium, ACOG, ISSWSH, AUA and others.
We offer a variety of research services, including:
Patient Recruitment: To assist with patient recruitment, we can publicize your research studies and/or clinical trials on our website or in blast e-mails. We have done this for several research centers, including the University of Maryland.
Web Based Surveys: Since our founding in 1995, we have hosted, conducted & managed a wide variety of web based surveys. Our on-line survey system provides real-time data analysis available for you and your staff 24/7 or your raw data can be sent directly to you for analysis. Downloadable and exportable in multiple formats.
For additional information, please contact ICN President Jill Osborne
ICN Professional Subscriptions
What do you, the medical professional, need to help you better serve your diverse and demanding population of IC/PBS/prostatitis patients?
You need solid educational resources that can help you explain the basics about IC. We offer that and more.
We understand, implicitly, that you or your staff don't have the time to hold that patients hand while you explain IC in-depth. We do.
We understand that you don't have the resources that explain those simple, basic self-help strategies that can help that patient gain some control over their symptoms. We do.
We're here and we care. For 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the ICN provides a source where patients can gather vital information and receive support when they need it, such as during an IC flare.
We believe that the best patients that you can work with are those who are educated, informed and can talk rationally and calmly about their medical care. They use a voiding diary to track their symptoms. They maintain good medical records. They know what medicines they've taken, why they've taken and why they may have stopped. They know what tests they've had and why. In otherwords, they are active participants in their medical care. Best of all, with anxiety comes consistency and calmness. Anxiety levels drop, confidence and self esteem builds and quality of life improves.
With an ICN Professional Subscription, we'll send you the IC Optimist, our quarterly magazine for patients and providers, ICN Medical Records files, our ICN Special Report for that year and provide a special highlighted listing in our clinic database. We hope that you'll join us in our mission of providing free, completely affordable support to patients in need! Click here for more information.
Patient Education Materials
Don't you wish that every patient would walk into the office having read atleast one booklet on IC? Well, many do, but many others are in denial. They figure that if they don't read about it, it just can't be real. Denial can be a long and painful road, especially for those patients who continue to drink coffee every day with devastatingly painful consequences. There are SO MANY self-help strategies that can ease suffering. There are SO MANY books that can reduce their anxiety and help restore their confidence levels and self esteem. Many patients just don't know that there are great resources available.
We carry the best newsletters, magazines and books on IC, as well as a wide variety of other items that can help. Patients who have trouble sitting comfortably, for example, often find great relief with our bladder friendly chair cushion that was created specifically for people who have sensitivity in the crotch. Here are a few suggestions for you, for your office lending library and/or just to suggest to patients seeking more information.
Books & Magazines Always In Stock in the ICN Shop
- The IC Optimist Magazines (Current & Back Issues)
- The IC Survival Guide by Robert Moldwin MD (covers diagnosis, treatment, pain care)
- A Taste of the Good Life: A Cookbook for an IC Diet by Bev Laumann
- Confident Choices: Customizing the IC Diet by Julie Beyer RD
- My Mom Has Interstitial Cystitis: A Painful Bladder Story by Jill Osborne MA
- ICN Special Report: A Guide To Managing Bladder Pain
- ICN Special Report: Diet
- Guided Imagery for Relaxation for IC and Pelvic Pain by WISH Program Beaumont Hospital
- New Dawn Pilates For Patients With Pelvic Pain
- The Hatha Yoga Program for Interstitial Cystitis
Useful Self-Help Items
We also carrying a wide variety of self-help items, such as : Azo Standard (OTC phenazopyridine), Bladder & Prostate Friendly Chair Cushions, Low Acid Coffees, low acid food items, UTI Home Test Kits, Traveljohns, Biotene Dry Mouth Products, Very Private Products, Purely Cotton Toilet Paper.
The use of phytotherapies, such as quercetin, continues to be supported by solid research studies. We only offer supplements that have research supporting their use, including Cystoprotek, Prostaprotek, CystaQ, ProstaQ, Desert Harvest Aloe.
Several conferences now cover interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome in depth, including offering courses, poster sessions and far thinking discussions:
American Urology Association (AUA) Annual Meeting
European Association of Urology (EAU) Annual Meeting
American College of OB/GYN (ACOG)
International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS) - Two meetings per year
Society of Urological Nurses (SUNA) - Two meetings per year
CME's (Educational Articles) For Medical Professionals
CME's are online educational articles that physicians, nurses and other health care providers can take to earn continuing education credits. They can also be used to educate family, friends and, of course, other medical professionals about interstitial cystitis. We've developed a list of articles that we feel are superb.
IC & Bladder Photo Archive
A note from ICN Founder Jill Osborne - When I started my first support group in 1993, I always believed that I should do more than just provide support. I felt that we needed to look at our community and physician needs. As I spent more time with medical professionals, their needs became clear. We needed good, quality, events and CME's that would raise the knowledge of medical professionals, particularly at the community level. Local physicians simply don't have the time or budgets to travel to multiple national conferences each year. We also needed solid patient education materials that would empower patients to take charge of their care. They needed to build their confidence and move the patient from passiveness to active and healthy behaviors. The ICN embodies my belief!