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On 1 July 2015, representatives of pan-European patient and civil society groups came together to discuss the issue of incontinence and the provision of better continence care in Europe at home and in the community. The roundtable was hosted by AGE Platform Europe, Eurocarers and SCA.
A ‘hidden’ or ‘invisible’ disease today, the roundtable aimed to contribute to a better understanding of incontinence and encourage relevant policy and stakeholder action to improve continence care. In particular, the roundtable aimed to discuss and agree on a set of key policy recommendations to improve the management of care for people with incontinence and their carers at home and in the community.
The event saw a lively discussion between all participants on the burden of incontinence in people’s daily lives and the barriers and solutions to better continence care that will enable people with incontinence and carers to live active, independent and dignified lives at home and in the community. There was wide consensus amongst participants of the untapped potential of better management and continence care at home and in the community, bringing value to people and society by making people socially continent.
This report summarises the discussion and the main outcomes of the roundtable.