University seeks testers for new app which allows people to control their overactive bladder



Heriot-Watt University is looking for adult volunteers to test a mobile app – which could assist people with an overactive bladder.

Working with medical experts, researchers have developed technology which allows people to control their bladder from the comfort of their mobile phones.

The special mobile device works by assisting people in the retraining of their overactive bladder. This is achieved through appropriate distraction techniques, when they feel the need to use the toilet.

Additional reassurance is also given through a mapping function showing the nearest toilet.

The app is unique in that it uses machine learning to make it personal.  This provides timely reminders and updates which chart progress.

And although many women may find the app useful, it is equally designed to include men with enlarged prostates.

Now, researchers are appealing for people to come forward for a pilot study to help finalise and test the new app, before making it available as a free download.

The academics hope that by having the automated personalisation app, people will have less trips to the loo and longer times between trips as a result.

Associate Professor Lynne Baillie, Department of Computer Science, who is leading this research, said: “We're currently looking to recruit people who have an overactive bladder which is quite a task.

“Some people find this a very embarrassing condition, so all the more important to get people involved and make them aware that there is help out there.

“It's so sad that 70 per cent of people with this medical condition can be helped with training, but don't get it. Hopefully when this app is fully tested and made available it can transform lives.

“We're delighted to be working with nurses on this exciting new piece of technology, which we hope will really benefit those with this medical condition.”

Professor Jo Booth, Professor of Rehabilitation Nursing, Glasgow Caledonian University said: “Overactive bladder is more common than diabetes and breast cancer, but is often kept hidden.

“It can seriously impact on a person's life but many people struggle for years without seeking help.

“With this research, we want to offer people the opportunity to learn to control their bladder, through the use of their mobile phones.”

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