Skip to main content

Cost effective self-management of urinary incontinence addressed to women across Europe

Objective

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).

Call for proposal

H2020-PHC-2014-single-stage
See other projects for this call

Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Address
Calle Jordi Girona 31
08034 Barcelona
Spain
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 846 094,96

Participants (8)

BITTIUM BIOSIGNALS OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 793 000
Address
Pioneerinkatu 6
70800 Kuopio
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
POHJOIS-SAVON SAIRAANHOITOPIIRIN KUNTAYHTYMA
Finland
EU contribution
€ 361 500
Address
Pl 100
70029 Kys
Activity type
Research Organisations
FUNDACIO CLINIC PER A LA RECERCA BIOMEDICA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 360 418,84
Address
Carrer Rossello 149
08036 Barcelona
Activity type
Research Organisations
EVROPSKA UROGYNEKOLOGICKA SPOLECNOST
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 53 750
Address
Pobrezni 620/3
500208 Praha
Activity type
Other
UNIVERSITATEA BABES BOLYAI
Romania
EU contribution
€ 205 656,25
Address
Mihail Kogalniceanu 1
400084 Cluj Napoca
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
REHA-STIM MEDTEC AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Rutistrasse 12
8952 Schlieren
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BAP HEALTH OUTCOMES RESEARCH SL

Participation ended

Spain
EU contribution
€ 9 696,25
Address
Calle Azcarraga 12
33600 Oviedo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ACADEMISCH MEDISCH CENTRUM BIJ DE UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 615 140,54
Address
Meibergdreef 15
1105AZ Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments