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Research project: Usability and acceptability of washable continence products in Lower and Middle Income Countries

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The World Health Organization (WHO) Assistive Technology (AT) team is implementing a COVID-19 Response AT project in India, Iraq and Papua New Guinea. The project aims to build community and primary health service capacity to provide assistive products including washable incontinence products to those in need. The Bladder and Bowel Management Group have been commissioned to undertake research which aims to better understand end-user needs and experienced of using washable absorbent incontinence products and related service provision requirements.

Using participatory research methods, we are working with the WHO AT team and other collaborators to undertake a scoping review of relevant literature. We will follow this with a qualitative study inviting end-users and their service providers to share their experiences in using or providing these products, to help fill the recognised gap in understanding and evidence on practical, affordable and effective absorbent continence products.

Principal investigators:

Cathy Murphy
Margaret Macaulay

Funding: WHO

Associated research themes

Continence Management

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