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New!Update to the Priority Assistive Products List

On 21 and 22 March 2016, The World Health Organization hosted a meeting to finalize the 50 products to be included on the Priority Assistive Products List (APL).

Click here to read the Full Consensus Meeting Summary at the Canadian Continence Foundation's website. Details about continence products and a presentation made by The Canadian Continence Foundation's Executive Director can be found on pages 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 and 23 of the document.

The APL is being developed in order to improve access to high-quality, affordable assistive products for everyone, everywhere. Products are featured on the APL based on widespread need and the impact they have on a person’s life. Like the WHO Model List of Essential Medicines (EML), the APL is not a restrictive list, but rather aims to give each Member State a model for the development of a national list. The APL will provide guidance for product development, production, service delivery, market shaping, procurement, and reimbursement policies (including insurance coverage). You can read more about the launch here.

A brochure about the Priority Assistive Products List is now available to download from the WHO website in English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish.

The consensus meeting was the fourth and final step of the APL development process. The meeting was held at WHO headquarters in Geneva in March 2016. The goal of the meeting was to finalize the APL, based on the outcome of the Delphi and Global Survey. Seventy participants attended. They represented every WHO region and included people working in service provision and at policy level; researchers; representatives from organizations for people with disabilities and older people; and users of assistive technology.

Click here to read the Full Consensus Meeting Summary at the Canadian Continence Foundation's website. Details about continence products and a presentation made by The Canadian Continence Foundation's Executive Director can be found on pages 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 and 23 of the document.


New!Crossing Borders, Breaking Boundaries

The Canadian Continence Foundation’s Ambassador Derick Fage does it again, inspiring the audience with his story!


We Need Your Help – Women's Sources of Information, Knowledge and Use of Continence Products Survey.

Urinary incontinence is a major health problem, which for many women requires the use of continence products or pads.

Not a lot is known about how women gather knowledge about continence products; evidence suggests that knowledge is gained from media advertisements or commercial vendors. We want to know how women over the age of 30 who use any sort of continence product for their bladder problems got their information about pads and what they think of the information. The survey should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete. We greatly appreciate your time and assistance.

Take the survey here

No information in this survey identifies you personally. Your responses are stored on secure computer servers in the United States as is SurveyMonkey's procedure. The data is subject to all US privacy legislation.

Take the survey here


Looking for Clinical Preceptors for the CAET ETNEP Continence Education Module

World Continence Week 21016

The Canadian Continence Foundation recognizes that there is inequitable access to knowledgeable and skilled health professionals for the person living with incontinence issues in Canada. Although patients could benefit from a broad range of professionals, the number of these health professionals does not adequately service this need.

An Enterostomal Therapy Nurse is a Baccalaureate prepared Registered Nurse with advanced and specialized knowledge and clinical skills in the tri-specialty of wound, ostomy and continence care. ETNs can be found in all care environments working with interdisciplinary teams to provide specialized holistic assessment and management to meet the needs of individuals with ostomies, acute and chronic wounds and urinary and fecal continence problems.

The Canadian Nurses Association recognizes ET Nurses as “Nursing Specialists” in all three domains of wound, ostomy and continence.

The Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy (CAET) owns and operates the CAET Academy which runs a specialized ET Nurse Education program. Nurses graduating from the CAET Program have completed 120 hours of Continence theory and 75 hours of clinical practice in Continence management.

To provide a broad range of clinical placements for ET Nursing students that incorporate experiences from many different health providers, The CAET ET Nurse Education Program has need of clinical mentors.

If you are a health professional working in a clinical setting that includes continence assessment and or management (clinic, home care, assessment lab, surgery) and you would like to learn how you could support the development of increased professional resources to patients experiencing incontinence, by ensuring an adequate supply of knowledgeable and skilled health professionals, or you would be willing to mentor an ET Nurse student please contact The CAET Academy Preceptor Coordinator Nicole Denis at preceptor at caetacademy dot ca.


The inclusion of continence products within the Priority Assistive Products List (APL), has been attained!

The WHO held a consensus meeting in Geneva in March 2016 to finalize the list, with over 70 participants representing all sectors of assistive technology and all regions.

Jacqueline Cahill made a presentation about the need for continence products and after discussion, absorbent products have been included in the final Priority Assistive Products list.

The inclusion of absorbent products on the list will have a big impact on many people who use/need them. The APL will be launched on May 24th during 69th World Health Assembly in Geneva.

What is the significance? Inclusion on the APL is precedence setting and will begin the conversation with governments and policy makers on the reimbursement issue.

Click here for more information on the WHO Priority Assistive Products List


The How to Health Guide - 2016

The "How To" Health Guide was developed to assist patients, caregivers, friends and families in managing information about the Canadian health care system, which can often be challenging to navigate. The Guide provides basic information about how to speak to those working within the system on a range of issues, including how to:

  • Understand the health care system
  • Find the information and services you need
  • Review and Evaluate the information you find
  • Talk with your doctor or health care provider
  • Ask for a second opinion
  • Manage your condition
  • Pay for your medication
  • Participate in a clinical trial
  • Advocate and ask for the support you need

Read the full guide here: The How to Health Guide - 2016


Learn about bladder health
and the causes of incontinence

Incontinence means losing or leaking urine when you don't want to! As many as 3.3 million Canadians - nearly 10% of the population - experience some form of urinary incontinence. Unfortunately, very few people talk to their doctor about their bladder problems or bladder weakness symptoms. According to the Canadian Urinary Bladder Survey, 16% of men and 33% of women over the age of 40 have symptoms of urinary incontinence but only 26% have discussed with their doctor.

This website is full of useful information and tips on bladder health and control, and how to manage incontinence. You can learn about urinary incontinence, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of bladder problems. We also have sections dedicated to fecal incontinence, bowel control and men's prostate health. We can also help you find a health care professional in your area, who has expertise in treating incontinence.

You may have incontinence if you...

  • Have bedwetting accidents
  • Losing or leaking urine when you don't want to
  • Have to go urgently, or can't make it to the toilet in time
  • Leak urine when you laugh, cough, sneeze or lift something heavy
  • Rely on disposable pads, adult diapers or anything else to absorb urine
  • Find yourself limiting your activities because you're afraid of having an "accident"

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