About 10-15% of men will have long-term bladder leakage following prostate cancer surgery and most of these men will need to manage their incontinence using a continence product. These products need to work effectively to enable men to lead active lives without fear of leakage, smell or embarrassment - but we know that men often find continence products devices to be far less than ideal. Some are feminising, painful, unappealing, bulky or leaky and men need new products which are more advanced and designed to meet their needs. This presentation describes research that has revealed the difficulties that men have with continence products and the particular problems that need to be overcome in order to make them effective and acceptable. The new True NTH continence management programme will be introduced which aims to provide better information for men, better access to products and better product designs.
Mandy Fader, Professor of Continence Technology / Associate Dean for Research, University of Southampton
Mandy Fader received her nursing qualification from St. George’s Hospital, London in 1980. She began her career in continence with a research post at University College London (UCL) in 1982 and joined the clinical continence team in 1984. In 1995 she returned to research at UCL and worked on a programme of continence product evaluations, completing her PhD in 2001. In 2004 she joined the University of Southampton’s Continence Technology and Skin Health group and leads a team of researchers focusing on research into continence products and devices, and the effects of incontinence on skin health. Mandy has been a Trustee of the International Continence Society (ICS), is a committee member for the International Consultation on Incontinence (Management with Products), an editor for the Cochrane Incontinence group, and consulting editor for the US Wound Ostomy and Continence Nursing journal. Mandy is also Associate Dean for Research and Director of the Clinical Academic Facility at the Faculty of Health Sciences.