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Dr Carol Joinson awarded Medical Research Council Grant

27 January 2014

Dr Carol Joinson of the School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol has been awarded a Medical Research Council (MRC) research grant to study incontinence in children and adolescents.

Dr Carol Joinson of the School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol has been awarded a Medical Research Council (MRC) research grant to study incontinence in children and adolescents.

The title of the grant is ‘Increasing understanding of risk factors and outcomes associated with continence problems in children and adolescents’ and the amount of the award is £420,064 (FEC).    

The grant will enable Dr Joinson and co-investigators to examine risk factors associated with continence problems in children and adolescents from a large contemporary UK cohort based in Bristol- The Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC). The study will also examine the impact of incontinence in young people in relation to their mental health, relationships, social activities, educational attainment and goals/aspirations for the future.  

The study findings will increase understanding of risk factors associated with persistent continence problems and provide information about the range of secondary impacts experienced by young people with continence problems.  Dr Joinson and colleagues will work with ERIC to identify key messages of the research and to translate the findings into evidence based, age appropriate information resources for young people.

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