Internet-based treatment of stress urinary incontinence

We have developed an Internet-based treatment programme for stress urinary incontinence. In 2009-2013, we evaluated the effect of the programme in a randomised controlled trial (ID NCT01032265).

Through the project’s website, we recruited 250 women aged 18-70 years, with stress urinary incontinence at least once a week. They were randomised to 3 months of pelvic floor muscle training with either the Internet-based programme, or with a programme sent by post. Participants in the Internet group received email support from a urotherapist, whereas the postal group completed training on their own. We had no face-to-face contact with the participants at any occasion.

Follow-up using postal questionnaires was performed after 4 months, 1 year, and 2 years. We also telephoned 23 participants to interview them about their experiences.

Analysis of the treatment outcome, patient satisfaction, and cost-effectiveness was performed.

The results have been presented as 6 articles in international medical journals, and as a PhD thesis (see heading publications).

Long-term results are published, link to full text .

Data analysis of predictors of a successful treatment outcome is ongoing, publication planned 2016.