Continence technologies whitepaper: Informing new engineering science research

P. Culmer, A. Alazmani, M. Bryant, E. Mancuso, Sarah King, V. Mapunde, K. Jeays-Ward, N. Heron, R. Pearson, P.F. Vollebregt, L. Corner, R. Day

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part H: Journal of Engineering in Medicine
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 27 Jun 2018


  • Mechatronics in medicine
  • Continence
  • Biomedical devices
  • Medical technologies
  • Incontinence


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