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OB.SURVE: Surveillance system - Occurrence of Urinary Incontinence in Women as a Consequence of Inefficient or Inappropriate Obstetric Care

Leader: ULSS20 Verona (Italy)


Urinary Incontinence (UI) is a prevalent, bothersome and costly condition affecting primarily women. Incontinence is not a lethal condition, but it deeply affects a woman’s quality of life. The issue of UI has been well documented and there are national and international networks focusing on the condition. However, there is a lack of systematic, reliable and consistent data particularly with regards to certain sections of the female population. Tackling inequalities in health and improving quality of life are listed as two of the overall aims of the Public Health Action Programme.


This project aims to lay the groundwork for setting up a surveillance system to monitor the occurrence of urinary incontinence in women in the European Union as a consequence of inefficient or inappropriate obstetric care. It also aims at formulating appropriate strategies, policies and actions to achieve a high level of human health protection and thus improving the quality of life.


  1. To set a baseline and assess the magnitude of the problem. Collection of data and information on the condition of UI as suffered by women in Europe with a focus on obstetrics and obstetric care.
  2. To elaborate operational recommendations for the development of a surveillancesystem. Analysis and consensus on the structure of a surveillance system to monitor UI in women in EU with a focus on obstetrics and obstetric care.

Methodology and organization of the project

The general principles that apply to the work methodology of the project can be listed as follows:

  • A highly participative approach will be applied to project activities ensuring maximum commitment of project
  • A constant knowledge exchange process will be ensured through various meetings and workshops and a continuous institutionalized dialogue thanks to the creation of a permanent Forum on a dedicated web-site
  • Dedicated task forces will be set up for specific actions and will operate through a common set of working procedures established and agreed among partners
  • Key information will be collected from different perspectives by using Rapid Appraisal techniques
  • Standardised formats will be drawn up for working documents ensuring that all partners are carrying out activities according to common criteria.

Project Data

Period  34 months: 1 May 2008 - 28 February 2011

Project Leader  Ulss20 di Verona, Italy

Project Associated Partners

BeckenbodenZentrum München

The Hope Project

Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Integrata Verona

AUSL Ferrara

University of Szeged Albert Szent

University Clinical Centre Ljubljana

Collaborating Partners

Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria, Udine

Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm