(Tackling Ageing Continence through Theory, Tools & Technology)
Project Lead
Professor Stuart Parkers.g.parker@sheffield.ac.uk
Other Project Staff
Professor Gail Mountaing.a.mountain@sheffield.ac.uk

Background
The TACT3 project aims to reduce the impact of continence difficulties for older people by investigating continence services and environmental barriers to continence and by developing assistive devices that both provide reassurance to continence pad users and make pad use less demanding. We will have policy, practice and potential product impacts, resulting from all the research work packages. The project consists of four work packages. The University of Sheffield is involved with Work Package 3.

Aims

The aim of this work package is to examine the views and experiences of continence care services users and providers using surveys and interviews in order to help identify key service characteristics and continence management that result in improved treatment outcomes for older people with urinary incontinence.

Project Summary

The project consists of four work packages. The University of Sheffield is involved with Work Package 3.

Two parallel mixed methods studies were run to achieve this. In Study 1 patients from three continence services in South Yorkshire completed a brief questionnaire and a subsample of patients took part in a face-to-face interview with a researcher form the University of Sheffield. In Study 2 continence service managers were recruited from continence services across England to participate in a telephone interview and continence care staff were recruited nationally to complete an online questionnaire.

The results from this work will be used to make recommendations to help deliver and equable and high quality continence service for older people.

Impacts
We will have policy, practice and potential product impacts, resulting from all the research work packages.

Dissemination
We have several publications currently under development.

CLAHRC Project Partners
University of Sheffield
Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Other Project Partners
Brunel University
Dalarna Research Institute and Dalarna University, Sweden
The University of Manchester
University of the West of England
Royal College of Art
Bristol Urological Institute

The Centre for Accessible Environments
Devices for Dignity
Age UK
Technology Sourcing
The British Toilet Association
The IBS Network
The National Trust
The Simon Foundation
The Relatives and Residents Association

Further information
For further information about this project and other studies/work packages within the project please see the New Dynamics of Ageing website, here

TACT3
Project Update
 - Most Recently Updated February 2012

Study 1: 
Data collection for this study began in February 2011 and was completed in December 2011. As at December 2011, 129 patients receiving care from three distinct continence services had been recruited. A subsample of participants was recruited to take part in a face-to-face interview with the research from the University of Sheffield. Data saturation was achieved after interviewing 50 participants. In addition, five carers of patients receiving care from a specialist service were interviewed. Data analysis is ongoing. 

Study 2: 
Data collection for this study began in April 2011. As at December 2011, 16 continence service managers had been recruited and 62 health professionals. To date 16 continence service managers have taken part in a telephone interview with the researcher from the University of Sheffield and 62 health professionals have completed the online questionnaire. Data analysis is ongoing.

The deliverables for this work package are in preparation.