Skip to main content

Evidence to Improve Care

Electronic Monitoring Systems to Assess Urinary Incontinence

Final Recommendation

  • Health Quality Ontario, under the guidance of the Ontario Health Technology Advisory Committee, recommends against publicly funding electronic monitoring systems to assess urinary incontinence

Read the Full Recommendation report

Urinary incontinence is the accidental leakage of urine. Assessing and managing incontinence is an important part of health care for people living in a long-term care home or in a geriatric inpatient setting.

Electronic monitoring systems can be used to assess urinary incontinence in real time using disposable briefs with electronic sensors. The sensors attempt to track a person’s urination patterns and urine volume so that staff can then try to select appropriate incontinence products, individualize toileting times, and adjust care routines.

Health Quality Ontario evaluated the effectiveness and cost of using an electronic monitoring system to assess urinary incontinence and the impact this may have on the management of urinary incontinence. We also interviewed people who have urinary incontinence to learn more about their experiences.

Through this evaluation, we found that the quality of the evidence to assess the system is very low.

Electronic Monitoring Systems to Assess Urinary Incontinence: A Health Technology Assessment
May 2018

Use of this site, and the interpretation of the information contained here, is subject to important terms and conditions. Use of this site and information except in accordance with these terms and conditions is expressly prohibited.

The Ministry of Health is currently reviewing this recommendation.

The Ministry of Health has provided the following response: The Ministry has a standardized process in place to review Health Quality Ontario recommendations. This takes into consideration Ministry priorities, implementation options, the need for consultation with impacted stakeholders, and funding considerations.

Let’s make our health system healthier

Join Our Patient, Family and Public Advisors Program

Patients, families and the public are central to improving health quality.

Man smiling

Sign up for our newsletter

Are you passionate about quality health care for all Ontarians? Stay in-the-know about our newest programs, reports and news.

Health Quality Connect - Health Quality Ontario's newsletter - on an iPad and a cell phone