Research project Urinary incontinence affects about one-fourth of women. First-line treatments are lifestyle advice and pelvic floor muscle training. Access to care varies. The eContinence project (tät) aims to develop, evaluate and implement easily accessible treatment programmes for women and men.
We have developed three different treatment programmes for stress urinary incontinence, via Internet, via a smartphone application and a broschure. The Internet-based treatment programme was evaluated in a randomized controlled trial (RCT) with 250 participating women. This programme is a new, effective, and patient-appreciated treatment alternative that can increase access to care in a sustainable way and empower women. The effect of treatment via a smartphone application (tät) is evaluated in another trial, data analysis are ongoing. The three programmes will be implemented during 2015 through our website www.econtinence.se and the use will be further studied. The development of a complex treatment programme for other types of UI has started. The use of a new platform will allow us to individually tailor actions depending on each individual’s preferences, symptoms, and needs.
Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2014-2016: SEK 2,580,000
Visare Norr, 2015-2016: SEK 150,000
ALF, 2015: SEK 600,000