Objective: In May 2008, Jarden Consumer Solutions commissioned a marketing research study to evaluate the satisfaction and usage experience of incontinent females using The Myself® Trainer including:
- Overall assessment of usage experience and ease of use
- Satisfaction with the therapy on reducing urine leaks and
- Satisfaction with the therapy on reducing urine leaks and ; frequency of urination
- Participant satisfaction of results
Methods: This was an eight-week, online research study of 116; self-identified incontinent females between the ages of 25 and 70. Study participants were instructed to use The Myself® Trainer for six consecutive, daily, 5-minute sessions with a break on Day 7. Participants were asked to maintain both a daily diary of their usage and weekly log of the number of urine leaks and urination frequency along with any comments relating to their sage experience. Outcome measures were online surveys; one at the start o record baseline incontinence data, one at Week 4 and one at the end of Week 8 of the study period. Quantitative and qualitative data were analyzed over the course of the eight-week study.
Results: Respondent use of The Myself® Trainer (as reported) averaged close to the recommended six times per week. The Myself® Trainer usage declined each week, but resurged in Week 5 and remained strong through Week 8. On average, urine leaks and urination frequency recorded weekly in respondent logs steadily declined over the course of the study.
- Urine leaks per day declined from 3.6 to 1.4 (61% decrease)
- Urination frequency declined from 8.6 to 6.7 (22% decrease)
Severity ratings designated by respondents improved, especially in the last 4 weeks of the study. The average severity rating dropped from 5.2 in Week 1 to 3.0 in Week 8 on a 10-point scale.
Mean satisfaction scores in Week 8 were high overall at 4.2 out of 5.0. Reasons for satisfaction ratings in Week 8 were reported as significant physical improvements and greater peace of mind.
- 4 out of 5 of respondents completely/somewhat agreed that The Myself® Trainer “is a good alternative to other solutions for incontinence” (mean score: 4.3 out of 5.0).
- 4 out of 5 respondents completely/somewhat agreed that “Overall, using The Myself® Trainer was a positive experience” (mean score: 4.2).
- Over ¾ of respondents completely/somewhat agreed that “I was comfortable using The Myself® Trainer” (mean score: 4.1).
- Over ¾ of respondents completely/somewhat agreed that “The Myself® Trainer has helped me improve a significant problem in my life” (mean score: 4.1).
- Almost ¾ of respondents completely/somewhat agreed that “The Myself® Trainer helps make my life more manageable” (mean score: 4.1).
- Almost ¾ of respondents completely/somewhat agreed that “Using The Myself® Trainer has helped me feel better about myself” (mean score: 4.1).
55 healthy women with bothersome incontinence, ages ranging from 25 to 81 years, with a mean age of 54, were recruited for the clinical trial. 44 completed the 16 week project.The group consisted of women with stress (7), urge (8) and mixed (29) incontinence. Women actually averaged 2 sessions per day; 14 did one session a day and 7 performed 3 sessions a day.
At the end of the 16-week trial, 43% of the women were dry and 39% noted a greater than 50% reduction in leaks per day.The group mean for leaks per day was 2.9 initially and at the end of 16 weeks, the figure decreased to 1.1. Voids per day for the group was initially 10.8 and this decreased to 8.1 in 16 weeks. Women who could do the three sessions per day trended towards greater improvement.
Mary Jane Minkin, MD, board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist in private practice in New Haven, Connecticut, and a Clinical Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at Yale University School of Medicine.