How our research benefits to society
Pelvic and abdominal symptoms are highly prevalent among men and women of all ages with a considerable impact on their quality of life. Despite this, patients are reluctant to seek care, as many believe that symptoms are either part of ageing, or untreatable. Those who seek care often receive suboptimal care.
For women with urinary incontinence, our group has successfully developed the URinControl app, to facilitate self-management. This intervention showed to be effective and cost-effective and is now freely available for the nearly one million women in the Netherlands who deal with urinary incontinence. Further implementation in the Netherlands and abroad is foreseen, lowering the impact of this condition in many millions more around the world.
For the other research focusses mentioned, there is also a need to fill in the gaps in our knowledge, e.g., the role of the pelvic floor muscles in the occurrence of different pelvic floor symptoms in men and women, and the effective organization of care for this often-coinciding conditions.