Conclusions and recommendations of the international conference Continence+, organised by Emonicum Institute for active and healthy life in collaboration with the Ministry of health of the Republic of Slovenia, on June 20th 2017 in Ljubljana
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.
Health and social policy shall take into consideration all forms of incontinence by respecting equal accessibility to quality services, drugs and devices. 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. Professional competences between different spheres of health care shall be evidently defined, allowing quality treatment of affected persons at all levels.