UROTHERAPHIST - AN IMPORTANT HEALTH CARE PROFESSION 

Urotherapy is a new professional education avialable for medical professions as registrated nurses, physiotheraphists or psycisians. The urotheraphist performs investigations and treatment methods in peoplesuffering from bladder dysfunctions such as urinary incontinence. According to several studies*, approximately 10-15% of the Scandinavian population are suffering from bladder dysfunctions, occurring in all ages, due to a variety of causes. The urotheraphist has an important task in demonstrating the relation between the causes of the bladder dysfunction and the symptoms, in order to support the patient and to create a better understanding of the treatment ability. The urotheraphists primary tasks is to investigate the bladder dysfunction and to follow up the result of the treatment methods. The urotheraphist has an important role in the medical field, providing information and education conserning bladder – and intestinal dysfunctions. Participation in research- and development projects is frequently occurring as a part of the work. The urotheraphistT is highly qualified to perform professional evaluations of medical devices and products designed for incontinence care as well as prescribing these products to patients. At several University and Central hospitals in the Scandinavian countries, urotherapy are an established profession, sometimes also available at the General Practionaires offices. 

Urotheraphy 
The word urotheraphy is a combination of the word “uro” – something connected to the urinary tract and “therapy” – which means treatment. Urotheraphy is particularly a behavioural therapy treatment method in order to introduce and established simple changes in the everyday life and/or through bladder training and pelvic floor exercises. 

The Urotherapeutic Federation 
UTF is a Scandinavian society, founded in 1987. The society organizes education and research and development within the utotherapeutic field. The education to become an Urotherapist is authorized only by the University of Gothenborg, Sweden and the University of Bergen, Norway.

Objectives
  • To achieve continence 
  • Normalized or improved bladder- and intestinal functions
  • Individually tested devices 
  • Improvement in quality of life
  • Bladder– and intestinal dysfunction Urotheurapheutic treatment options