StarToPee: developing technological tool for people who live and live with incontinence

Calado Junior M C1, Piccini A1, Gonzaga F1, Botelho S1

Research Type


Abstract Category

Continence Care Products / Devices / Technologies

Abstract 642
Surgical Video 2
Scientific Podium Video Session 32
Friday 31st August 2018
15:56 - 16:05
Hall B
Incontinence New Devices Quality of Life (QoL) Urgency, Fecal Urgency Urinary Incontinence
1. Federal University of Alfenas MG/Brazil

Murilo Cesar Calado Junior



Despite the advances in the area with different approaches to the treatment of incontinence, the impact on the quality of life of people living and living with incontinence remains a challenge for the public health system. The perception of health remains compromised due to the daily disorders secondary to incontinence. However, our hypothesis is that assistive technology strategies can be facilitators to improve the quality of life and well being of people living with incontinence. Our aim was to create a tool to improve the accessibility and social reintegration of people who live and live with incontinence.
Technological development study registered in a technology-based incubator of its origin country in startup format. We proposed 7 steps: (1) conceptual modeling, (2) market analyze, (3) smoke test, (4) validation process, followed by (5) navigation project, (6) design and (7) implementation. The study was registered in the Research Ethics Committee for validation testing.
Conceptual modeling tests were performed by investigating the impact of incontinence on the health perception of the target population. It was observed that emotional and social impact overlaps physical and functional complaints. Among the complaints presented, it was observed the social and family isolation, and the difficulty of access to the bathroom as limiting factors for the conviviality, therefore, the bathroom use strategy was chosen as the central theme of the proposal. Accordingly, the established strategy was the development of a public and private bathroom locator application, which was named StarToPee. Thus, the navigation project was proposed with the following interfaces: (a) geolocalization, (b) classification of the type of bathroom: public/private, individual/collective, family, infant, unisex, adapted for people with special needs, with shower, among others, (c) facilities and hygiene care: cleaning, toilet paper availability, bag holder, pad/tampons dispenser, among others. The design and implementation took place through integration with google platform, with implementation in web format and in the platforms IOS and Android.
StarToPee improves the quality of life of people living with incontinence, besides being of interest to people who intend to include care in their travel routes that promote well-being, quality and hygiene. StarToPee classifies bathrooms as the type and conditions of accessibility, comfort and hygiene; presents to its users the facilities found in each environment, which can be inserted by the user; has the capacity for geolocation, favoring the routes establishment. During the tests performed in the pre-incubation period, the application proved to be acceptable, of great interest by the population and extremely useful for those living and living with incontinence. The process of validation and experimentation can still add value in the improvement of the proposal.
StarToPee is a bathroom locator application that aims to improve the quality of life of the population living and living with incontinence, as well as proposing wellness and comfort for its users.
Funding None Clinical Trial No Subjects Human Ethics Committee Federal University of Alfenas Helsinki Yes Informed Consent Yes