Conclusions and recommendations of the Continence+ 2017-2019 international conferences, organised by Emonicum Institute for active and healthy life in collaboration with the Ministry of health of the Republic of Slovenia
Incontinence in all its forms is a symptom of numerous diseases and conditions at all ages. While not being a life-threatening condition, it impacts quality of life and represents with its prevalence the most frequent and prominent inter-generational health disorder. Due to the intensive public stigma it is also a secret personal burden. Increasing demographic changes are pushing it in the epidemiologic foreground, which demands an adequate health, social and professional response.
1. Health and social policy shall take into consideration all forms of incontinence by respecting equal accessibility to quality services, drugs and devices.
2. Clear and understandable strategical viewpoints, professional instructions and standards, to be possibly followed by comparable informative systems, shall be accepted at the European and national levels.
3. Professional competences between different spheres of health care shall be evidently defined, allowing quality treatment of affected persons at all levels.
4. Media should make the public aware about prevalence and nature of incontinence, possible help and ways of reducing its stigma with easy understandable, professionally grounded messages. Local communities, NGOs, associations and patient societies shall in their activities combine incontinence with human dignity. Health and social policy shall include human dignity to the principles of active and healthy life and age friendly environments.
5. Regional and international alliances with similar goals and activities shall be established in incontinence related activities.
6. The Continence+ conference shall become a traditional meeting of the neighbouring countries in endeavouring of incontinence’s stigma reduction and in supporting its quality treatments.