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Continence technologies whitepaper: Informing new engineering science research

Culmer, P; Alazmani, A; Bryant, M; Mancuso, E; King, S; Mapunde, V; Jeays-Ward, K; ... Day, R; + view all (2019) Continence technologies whitepaper: Informing new engineering science research. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part H: Journal of Engineering in Medicine , 233 (1) pp. 138-153. 10.1177/0954411918784073. Green open access

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Abstract

Advances in healthcare technology for continence have historically been limited compared to other areas of medicine, reflecting the complexities of the condition and social stigma which act as a barrier to participation. This whitepaper has been developed to inspire and direct the engineering science community towards research opportunities that exist for continence technologies that address unmet needs in diagnosis, treatment and long-term management. Our aim is to pinpoint key challenges and highlight related research opportunities for novel technological advances. To do so, we draw on experience and expertise from academics, clinicians, patients and patient groups linked to continence healthcare. This is presented in four areas of consideration: the clinical pathway, patient perspective, research challenges and effective innovation. In each we introduce seminal research, background information and demonstrative case-studies, before discussing their relevance to engineering science researchers who are interested in approaching this overlooked but vital area of healthcare.

Type: Article
Title: Continence technologies whitepaper: Informing new engineering science research
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/0954411918784073
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1177/0954411918784073
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Mechatronics in medicine, continence, biomedical devices, medical technologies, incontinence
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Medicine
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Medicine > Experimental and Translational Medicine
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10053025
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