Free Interactive Education Program Announced for Those Living With an Overactive Bladder

According to the American Urological Association, approximately 40% of women and 30% of men live with overactive bladder or OAB. Many people with OAB find it difficult to talk to their doctor or loved ones about their condition because of the stigma associated with it. Pro-ficiency, a leading provider of interactive online patient education tools, announces its collaboration with the Academy for Continued Healthcare Learning (ACHL) and the Simon Foundation for Continence, in their joint, interactive program, to educate people about how to speak with their healthcare providers and their loved ones to get the care they need. The program also discusses treatment options, how to manage social and lifestyle considerations, and incorporating shared-decision making into visits with health care providers. The program is freely available to all participants.

“ACHL & Pro-ficiency previously collaborated on a highly successful OAB educational activity, however, given the depth and breadth of OAB, it was clear that continued education was needed. ACHL is proud to continue the education movement with this most recent program,” adds Amanda Kaczerski, with ACHL.

"With this program, we are hoping to help those living with OAB overcome perceived stigmas and have a healthy, active and productive conversation with their care team. The goal is to reduce the number of people suffering in silence when there is help available,” says JoAnne Schaberick, co-founder of Pro-ficiency.

Cheryl B. Gartley from the Simon Foundation for Continence has this to say about the program: "For millions of Americans stigma, shame, and embarrassment surround the onset of the loss of bladder control. A misbehaving bladder alters their lives. Fearing exposure, they remain in their home, tethered to a bathroom, curtailing the activities they once loved that defined their life. The bladder, a small muscle, takes over every aspect of living. Educational programs like ‘Talking to Your Doctor About Bladder Concerns’ shines a bright light on a starting point to finding help and regaining hope."

The program is supported by an independent educational grant from Astellas Scientific & Medical Affairs. It is freely available and can be accessed at

ACHL has been an accredited provider of CME/CE for over 17 years. ACHL’s mission is to design, develop, and implement quality continuing education activities that will have a positive influence on the way healthcare is practiced and ultimately to improve the quality of care provided to patients.

Pro-ficiency is a leading provider of online training for clinical trials, patient education, and physician education. The ProPatient platform, a product of Pro-ficiency, utilizes interactive video and simulation, providing the opportunity to ask questions of a virtual clinician and engage in role-playing in order to improve knowledge and skills.

The Simon Foundation for Continence (, the first US organization to address this health condition, is dedicated to: bringing the topic of incontinence out into the open, removing the stigma surrounding incontinence, and providing help and hope for people with incontinence, their families, and the health professionals who provide their care.

Source: Pro-ficiency, LLC