Its from Forbes Magazine and describes the lengths that diaper manufactures go through to stay on top of the market.....if you wanna read this article go to the forbes website and search for "Designing the iPhone of diapers"
Regrettably, for many companies the main research issue in adult diapers is cost. Thats because the average buyer of adult diapers is not incontinent himself, but is the supply manager of some hospital or nursing home - and they want to pay as little as possible. Thats why there are so many poor products in the market.
I believe there are some companies out there now that are trying to focus on making incontinence products for active adults. After all... not everyone who is IC is bedridden and in a nursing home.
I really don't understand the trend towards cheap thin diapers for adults. It means more changes, more leaks, and an overall lower quality of life for those wearing them. Even from the cost standpoint alone it doesn't make sense.
Let's look at a cheap diaper compared to an expensive one... in terms of capacity alone.
Take something like Assurance... made by Kendall... which is equivalent with the lowest quality of institutional brief on the market. They cost $0.50 each. Now you get something like a Dry 24/7 which costs $1... twice as much yes, but that dry will hold 4 times as much as the Assurance... which means it actually paid for itself with the savings.
Yeah, but in a nursing home or hospital, which is probably where most adult diapers are used, the CNA's must change the diaper every predetermined number of hours. So as long as the cheap adult diaper can hold up for that long, there's no point in paying for anything with a larger capacity. And as you state, there are higher quality products out there available for those who are aware enough to care and pay for their own. But many of those still functioning on their own aren't fully incontinent...they maybe just have a little bit of bladder leakage every now again, so they wear the absorbent pads rather than full diapers.