Urinary incontinence (UI), considered as a disease according to the World Health Organization (WHO), is not a life-threatening condition, but causes a very negative impact on daily living and quality of life. 56 million European citizens are affected by UI, which represents a serious impairment to the quality of their professional and personal life. Recent statistics show that 346 million people worldwide experienced any type of UI in 2008, which will increase to 420 million by 2018. In addition, when UI appears it is maintained throughout a lifetime if no solution is provided, causing huge social and economic costs (nearly $10 billion is lost every year in direct treatment cost and lost productivity due to UI).
The main objective of WOMEN-UP project is to improve the quality of life of urinary incontinence patients through a holistic and cost-effective ICT-solution, allowing for the self management of the chronic UI disease via a decision support system and a secure remote medical supervision.
This general objective is divided into the following specific objectives:
-To improve women’s’ health by providing lifestyle changes through an integral and multifactorial treatment. -To develop an ICT-based system to facilitate a holistic solution for a conservative home treatment: Lifestyle interventions and pelvic floor muscle training with remote clinical assessment and supervision. -To make eHealth tools for UI more effective, user-friendly and widely accepted by involving professionals and patients in strategy, design and implementation. -To assess the cost-efficiency of the proposed ICT-based solution for significantly reducing health system costs by up to 72% -To develop an innovative approach for the supervision of Pelvic Floor Muscles Training -To increase patient
The project WOMEN-UP will be developed by a consortium that brings together 9 partners from 6 different EU member states (Spain, Finland, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Romania, and Switzerland).