7th Global Forum on Incontinence
Driving outcomes in continence care – creating a win-win for patients, carers and health systems
Highlights from the 7th GFI
The 7th Global Forum on Incontinence was held in Rome on 17-18 April 2018. It was organized by Essity in partnership with AGE Platform Europe, Eurocarers and IAPO, with endorsement of a number of international, regional and national organizations with an interest in the topic of incontinence and continence care. It brought together more than 300 patients, carers, policy-makers, payers, health and social care professionals and NGOs from all over the world to hear from a wide range of experts on what good care for toileting and containment strategies looks like and how this can be planned and delivered.
The theme of the conference was how to measure outcomes on the delivery of toileting and containment strategies to improve the provision and quality of services for people living with incontinence, so that they can live dignified, independent and active lives, while also creating a win-win for patients, carers and health systems in improving value for money in health and care.
Attendees gained insights into the perspectives of the different types of patients that live with incontinence and learnt why incontinence should be seen as a critical health and social care priority.
At the GFI a ground-breaking study entitled ‘Measuring Outcomes to Improve the Management of Continence Care’ was presented. This was initiated by Essity, led by an international expert panel and facilitated by KPMG’s Global Strategy Group. The study unveiled 14 recommended KPIs considered by the expert panel to be practical for use in the full range of care settings and for health and social care systems to measure. These KPIs are relevant for all people who depend on toileting and containment strategies, including those who are independent or care dependent.
A summary of the output from the conference will be made available on this site in the next few weeks.