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The study was designed to investigate the effect of drug therapy alone for women with urge urinary incontinence (UUI) compared to a combination of drug therapy and behavioural interventions over a 10-week period.
Eighty-one percent of participants reported high rates of adherence to behavioural interventions (including the exercise regime) during the 10-week supervised period.
Behavioural interventions including urge suppression strategies, delayed voiding and bladder retraining are widely recognised in managing UUI.
According to clinical researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS), many behavioural interventions used to treat patients are ineffective outside of the controlled clinical settings where they are taught.
Edward Boyer, MD, PhD, professor of emergency medicine at UMass Medical School and lead author of the study, worked with colleagues at UMMS and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, to design a mobile device using so-called "enabling technologies" that could be used to make behavioural interventions for substance abusers more effective outside the clinic or office environments.

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