Patient voices deserve to be heard!

Urinary tract infection (UTI) affects around 404 million people (85% female) globally every year.

We intend to change that.

STUDY CLOSED - What Is The Global UTI Project?

Urinary tract infection (UTI) affects around 404 million people (85% female) globally every year, and studies show that 25-50% of patients will experience recurrence within 6 months. 

Despite the high prevalence of UTI and its strong contribution to the antimicrobial resistance crisis, research funding is scarce, and tends to be focused in specific regions. 

The Global UTI Project is the largest scale study of its kind ever to be undertaken, and our hope is to reach thousands of those who live with recurrent and chronic UTI.

The goal of the Global UTI Project is to capture patient experiences from all over the world, and demonstrate the widespread nature of the problem. Our aims are to:

  • Improve the understanding of recurrent and chronic UTI
  • Provide insights into the similarities and differences in patient experiences across different regions
  • Highlight the impact on quality of life associated with recurrent and chronic UTI

Who Is The Team Behind The Global UTI Project?

The Global UTI Project is a collaboration between Live UTI Free, Chronic UTI Australia, CUTIC (UK) and UTI Health Alliance (US), which form the Alliance for Patient-centred UTI Research (APUR).

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Live UTI Free is a patient and public involvement and engagement (PPIE), patient research and advocacy organisation, and co-author of two validated patient reported outcome measures for recurrent urinary tract infection. Alongside leading research, Live UTI Free provides free resources to those living with recurrent and chronic UTI. These resources include contact information for UTI specialists, free downloads to share with clinicians, and a vast range of educational materials, all via their website, YouTube channel, Instagram and other social media.
Chronic UTI Australia is a patient advocacy group for chronic and recurrent UTI sufferers.
Chronic UTI Australia was founded in 2018 as Australia’s first and only national patient advocacy organisation dedicated to urinary tract infection (UTI). As a not-for-profit organisation, Chronic UTI Australia strives to have UTI added to Australia’s public health agenda by advocating for awareness, recognition, education, research and improved testing and treatment for all forms of UTI.  Chronic UTI Australia is proudly aligned with its international sister organisations in a new initiative for greater global advocacy for UTI.  A united, worldwide push can only strengthen the patient voice and help achieve the changes we all seek.
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CUTIC is a not-for-profit organisation formed by a small group of expert patients in 2016.  We work closely with clinicians, researchers and other professionals to achieve the following aims:
  • Raise awareness about ongoing, chronic urinary tract infections
  • Challenge current tests which fail to diagnose a significant number of UTIs
  • Gain official recognition and formal treatment guidelines for chronic UTI
  • Enable swift diagnosis of chronic UTI in order to avoid any misdiagnoses of interstitial cystitis, painful bladder syndrome and urethral syndrome
  • Ensure effective specialist treatment for chronic UTI is available to all
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UTI Health Alliance is a not-for-profit, US-based advocacy, outreach and education organisation that was created from the experiences of those living with recurrent and chronic UTI. The organisation aims to bring together women, professionals, and experts to shed light on Urinary Tract Infections - the most diagnosed outpatient infection in the United States. The UTI Health Alliance strives to make an impact and help patients on their own journeys, by providing a free resource download library, a supportive network, and most of all, hope.

Study Goals

Our primary goals are to demonstrate to researchers just how many people suffer from recurrent or chronic UTI, and to illustrate how those experiences impact quality of life.

If we can demonstrate the vast scope of the problem, we hope more research will be funded.

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