The first ACCT symposium has been held at Wellspect HealthCare headquarters in Mölndal, Sweden, exploring and gaining insights into the theme; "Holistic patient approach to bladder and bowel dysfunction". We are both honored and pleased that the symposium attracted so much interest from clinical experts and thought leaders from around the world.
The interest is perhaps not so surprising, if we consider how challenging life can be for patients with bladder or bowel dysfunction … or both! In a report from Wilde et al in 2011, there is a remarkable patient quote: "If I had the choice to either walk again or get back to the use of my bowel and bladder, I would rather have the use of my bowel and bladder and use a wheelchair the rest of my life and never walk again”
"We passionately strive to make a real difference every day to everyone who needs our products and services" – this sentence could be used to sum up the essence of the ACCT 2017 symposium, and it also happens to be the Wellspect HealthCare Vision Statement. Even though therapies have made great advances over the last decade, the cutting-edge presentations and the vibrant dialogue during the Symposium clearly illustrate that there is room for further improvements to the patients' daily situation. And it would appear that scientists, clinicians and industry could each take their part in tackling this challenge.
We also hope that the symposium has added to the understanding that bladder and bowel dysfunction should perhaps not be treated as separate issues – or, at least, that there is a lot of “pelvic cross-talk” to consider. More research into interdependency of organ functions certainly seems warranted and needed, which would resonate well with the modern holistic view of patient care. Perhaps the next big clinical advances will come from a cross-functional approach to achieve a deeper understanding of the pathophysiology of neurogenic bladder and bowel dysfunction, from which clinicians can develop improved ways to restore both function and continence with even better patient acceptance. Which, consequentially, would lead to improved quality of life.
Your participation at the ACCT 2017 was highly appreciated, and sharing the scientific content with you, we hope you will revisit the presentations and draw inspiration form them in your continued work.
With warm regards,
Group VP Wellspect