Staff involved in front-line urinary incontinence care should be able to influence research agendas, say experts.
Research from the James Lind Alliance showed that when research in this area is prioritised in collaboration with those affected, it produces more clinically useful results.
From 2007 until 2009, eight patient and 13 clinician organisations were asked to identify gaps in current evidence.
The researchers found that current evidence does not tend to cover the issues that most affect those working in the field.
Professionals are sometimes required to make decisions about clinical care without the evidence base to support the decision.
The researchers said that they were able to produce more relevant research agendas and subsequent results by highlighting the needs of those working with urinary incontinent patients, as well as the patients themselves.