Benefits, Harms, and Costs
ABBREVIATIONS:eHealth (electronic health), ICIQ-LUTSqol (International Consultation on Incontinence Questionnaire Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms Quality of Life module), ICIQ-UI SF (International Consultation on Incontinence Questionnaire – Urinary Incontinence Short Form), mHealth (mobile health), OAB (overactive bladder), PFDI (Pelvic Floor Distress Inventory), PFMT (pelvic floor muscle training), SUI (stress urinary incontinence), UI (urinary incontinence), UUI (urge urinary incontinence)
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This document reflects emerging clinical and scientific advances as of the publication date and is subject to change. The information is not meant to dictate an exclusive course of treatment or procedure. Institutions are free to amend the recommendations. The SOGC suggests, however, that they adequately document any such amendments.
Informed consent: Patients have the right and responsibility to make informed decisions about their care, in partnership with their health care provider. In order to facilitate informed choice, patients should be provided with information and support that is evidence-based, culturally appropriate, and personalized. The values, beliefs, and individual needs of each patient in the context of their personal circumstances should be considered and the final decision about care and treatment options chosen by the patient should be respected.
Language and inclusivity: The SOGC recognizes the importance to be fully inclusive and when context is appropriate, gender-neutral language will be used. In other circumstances, we continue to use gendered language because of our mission to advance women’s health. The SOGC recognizes and respects the rights of all people for whom the information in this document may apply, including but not limited to transgender, non-binary, and intersex people. The SOGC encourages health care providers to engage in respectful conversation with their patients about their gender identity and preferred gender pronouns and to apply these guidelines in a way that is sensitive to each person’s needs.
1. There are many emerging conservative care options in the form of electronic health and mobile health technologies to help women manage urinary incontinence.
2. Several eHealth and mHealth options have demonstrated usefulness and benefit for women with urinary incontinence, particularly stress urinary incontinence.
3. The most useful electronic health and mobile health tools are those based on principles of self-management support (motivational strategies to support behaviour change) or those that are used in conjunction with such an approach.
4. Telehealth platforms enable conservative care for urinary incontinence, including surgical counselling for stress urinary incontinence.