The CSO of usMIMA, Immaculada Herrero, participated in the 12th Congress of the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society, held in Lisbon from October 5 to 7, to present the results of a clinical study on the effectiveness of MOWOOT, a non-drug and non-invasive solution for chronic constipation.
Under the motto “Discovering new paths in the field of Geriatrics”, a series of round tables, workshops, and poster presentations were organized at the Congress, with the aim of disseminating new technologies, knowledge and initiatives to improve the well-being and care of elderly people.
Immaculada Herrero presented the findings of a clinical study on MOWOOT showing that the automated colon massage administered by the device facilitates intestinal transit and relieves constipation in women over 50 years of age.
Elderly people are more likely to suffer constipation than younger people, are reluctant to pharmacological treatments, and are unaware of manual abdominal massage techniques. The clinical study on MOWOOT was carried out on women between 50 and 90 years of age, who suffered from chronic idiopathic constipation (of unknown cause) for more than 5 years, and who had never previously undergone any colon-specific massage treatment.
A 15-minute daily abdominal massage was prescribed with the MOWOOT wereable device for 15 consecutive days. To evaluate the study findings, the patients answered (before and after the treatment) validated questionnaires quantifying and qualifying the weekly frequency of bowel movements, fecal consistency, constipation index and their quality of life.
The pleasurable sensation during the massage described by all the participants and, more importantly, the increase in the mean number of bowel movements per week, the significant improvement in fecal consistency and the remarkable reduction in defecation time show that the colon-specific massage automatically administered by MOWOOT relieves chronic constipation in elderly women.
Promoting activity and health among the elderly
Staying active, socially integrating into community, and not neglecting basic physical and mental health care to stay healthy were some of the keys presented at the Congress to improve the health of elderly patients.
Jaap Dronkers, Professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Utrecht, warned of the negative effects of unnecessary lengthening of hospital stay among elderly patients. These effects could be largely avoided if some treatments were administered at the more relaxed and welcoming environment of their own homes.
Patricia Schofield, Professor at the Anglia Ruskin University, a researcher in the field of nursing and an expert in pain management in elderly patients, recognized that, if used correctly, wearable devices promote the activity and integration of patients in the community, and that alternative therapies, such as acupuncture, electronic stimulation of the nervous system or massage, can decrease pain and anxiety.
Miquel Àngel Mas, a geriatrician and member of the Clinical Research Committee of the Department of Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care at the BSA medical center, highlighted a fundamental aspect that no study, physician or device should ignore: the importance of selecting truly eligible patients for telemedicine since approximately only 1 in 3 are appropriate. However, once this screening was done, Mas recognized the need to invest and innovate to develop alternatives that allow patients to be more independent and follow treatments at home.
MOWOOT is undoubtedly an alternative that effectively promotes activity and health among the elderly, or any other person suffering from chronic constipation. The use of this device at home and its ability to provide massages without medical personnel supervision facilitate the independence and improvement of the quality of life for patients with chronic constipation.
Download the clinical study on the effectiveness of MOWOOT.