WOMEN-UP is a European project developed by a consortium composed of eight partners from six EU countries.
The main objective of the WOMEN-UP project is to improve the quality of life of urinary incontinence patients through a holistic and cost-effective ICT-solution for a conservative home treatment, allowing for the self management of the chronic UI disease via a decision support system and a secure remote medical supervision. This solution includes lifestyle interventions and pelvic floor muscle training.
Urinary Incontinence (UI), considered as a disease according to the World Health Organization (WHO), is a not a life-threatening condition, but causes a very negative impact on daily living and costs in terms of productivity and health services.
56 million European citizens are affected by UI, which represents a serious impairment to the quality of their professional and personal life.
Urinary Incontinence is any involuntary leakage of urine. It is not a "natural" nor an inevitable issue. It should be treated. We encourage women to search medical aid and, if pelvic exercises are prescript, benefit from WOMEN-UP treatment.
Pelvic floor muscle exercises are a long-known effective treatment, but the main difficulty is that patients must adhere to a periodic schedule of training. Such a demanding routine is hard to maintain, resulting in failure. WOMEN-UP is conceived to tackle this.
Although similar self-management programs and monitoring devices already are available, none of them guarantees progression. Being the patient in constant interaction with her therapist as she follows the program, it is much improbable that she gives up. From the other side, the therapist can send her feedback about the correct performance of the exercises with diligence.
Call for the clinical trial with 300 volunteers
The WOMEN-UP project will carry out a final clinical trial of the system with a group of 300 women with light or mild stress urinary incontinence. It will be an international, multicentre trial involving the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona, the Academic Medical Center of Amsterdam and the Kuopio University Hospital. The call for volunteers who wish to participate has already begun through the website stopui.com.