In a nutshell
This study looked at the factors that made a mobile app successful in helping women with stress urinary incontinence. The study found that app-based treatment is useful in women interested in and who have high expectations of using the app.
Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is a common problem among women. It may cause leakage of urine when straining. The use of daily mobile-apps is increasing. A mobile app which includes pelvic floor muscle training (PFMT) and lifestyle advice may be useful for SUI. It is important to find out what factors make a mobile app to treat SUI successful.
Methods & findings
61 patients who used the app were assessed. The app included information on SUI and PFMT, had a reminder function for performing PFMT, and offered lifestyle advice. Questionnaires were filled out about symptoms, quality of life and PFMT. This was repeated after 3 months.
34 (55.7%) patients reported that their condition was much or very much better after follow-up. Three factors were associated with success of the mobile-app. These included higher expectations for the app, weight control, and self-reported improvement in PFMT.
The bottom line
The study concluded that app-based treatments are more successful in women who engage with the app and commit to the PFMT.
The fine print
The study had a small sample size and examined existing data from another study.
Talk to your doctor about using an app to help with your pelvic floor exercises for SUI.
Published By :
International urogynecology journal
Dec 08, 2017
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