The Bladder and Bowel Confidence (BABCON) HIT was formed in 2019 with a focus on improving the lived experience for people of all ages with bladder and bowel symptoms through research, education and integrated approaches between all of our partners. In the first six months of BABCON we have seen the completion of recruitment to two studies looking at different aspects of continence.
Firstly, the ECHO study (Exploration of Continence in Hospitals for Older adults) included 27 continence care-focused interviews with health care staff of all different backgrounds from Southmead Hospital, Bristol Royal Infirmary and Weston General Hospital. Current care and views on how education may be improved were explored and will inform the development of healthcare professional training and education.
Secondly, men experiencing lower urinary tract symptoms including incontinence can be a hard to reach group, which the TRIUMPH (TReatIng Urinary symptoms in Men in Primary Healthcare) study is aiming to address. TRIUMPH is trialling a self-help booklet in the community and has recruited over 1,000 participants in the Bristol and Wessex area.
PURSUIT (Proper UndeRstanding of Stress Urinary Incontinence Treatment for women) is a new study that began recruitment in early 2020. PURSUIT is engaging with the BABCON patient and public involvement group to ensure the study represents patients’ views throughout.
We are also delighted to have secured funding to start a number of exciting projects during 2020/21:
Bristol Health Partners funding will enable us to begin the following projects:
As a new HIT we are excited to take these and many other projects forward and work with our patient and public involvement group to ensure the work of BABCON meets the needs of all individuals with bladder and bowel symptoms regardless of age, gender and cause for bladder and bowel leakage.