Published date
Friday, 9 December, 2016

It's estimated that about half of people admitted to hospital with a stroke will have lost control of their bladder, and a third will experience loss of bowel control.

Last week, a research incontinence workshop was held at Guy's Hospital London by an organising group that includes Parkinson's UK, Marie Curie and the James Lind Alliance.

The organising group set up the workshop because incontinence had been cited by patients with long-term health conditions as an area of priority to address their unmet needs in improving quality of life.

The aim of the workshop was to stimulate research into incontinence in these patient groups, encouraging more research, more collaboration and more multi-disciplinary approaches, for both faecal (bowel) and urinary incontinence.

Dr Lois Thomas (lead on the NIHR funded ICONS study) and Professor Joanne Booth (lead on the Stroke Association funded TREAT-UI study)

The workshop explored the current incontinence research scene, addressed issues on planning and seeking funding for incontinence research and, through breakout sessions, focused on collaborative working and networking to achieve research goals.

How can I find out more?

To find out more about what happened at the workshop, check out the #continenceresearch hashtag on Twitter.

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