WOMEN-UP project


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Març 2017

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Coinciding with the World Day of Urinary Incontinence, the European project WOMEN-UP uses a video to present a new system designed to improve pelvic floor rehabilitation.

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The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) and the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona will test a system designed to improve pelvic floor muscle training, a recommended treatment for preventing or treating urinary incontinence. The project is being carried out in the framework of the European WOMEN-UP project. The Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam and Kuopio University Hospital are also involved in this project. Urinary incontinence is involuntary urine leakage. It is a condition that affects one in three women of all ages, totalling more than 56 million women in Europe and 350 million worldwide. The solution proposed by WOMEN-UP is a system for home treatment that uses serious games installed in women’s cell phones in order to encourage them to complete the daily training programme . The main objectives of the project are to improve the quality of life of women with urinary incontinence, to greatly reduce the cost of long-term care (over €9 billion, according to the WHO), and to reduce waiting lists. It is the first project of this magnitude focusing on the treatment of this disease and is funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme. It has been underway since February 2015 and is scheduled to end in July 2018. The total cost is €3.5 million, of which the EU funds over €3.2 million.

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