The ERN eUROGEN, currently consisting of 43 HCPs from 17 EU Members States, aims to set up a large patient registry collecting individual data from patients suffering from rare urogenital diseases or complex conditions. Currently, very limited data is being gathered about disease progression, surgical procedures and treatment outcome, and the few existing databases are not standardized, fragmenting and scattering the information. Moreover, there is a lack of long-term follow up of the treatment outcome into adolescence and adulthood, which hinders improvement of treatments over time.
Here, ERN eUROGEN will launch the core registry containing the 16 JRC core elements plus several urogenital specific data elements. Together, they will conform the pilot phase of the registry where physicians from all 43 HCPs will register their last 30 rare cases in an anonymous way. The pilot phase will allow to get used to the registry and to perform a clinical snapshot of the current practices i.e. to compare the clinical management of these cases among the expert centres across Europe.
Besides, we will start to integrate four existing rare urogenital disease-specific registries into eUROGEN registry by assessing interoperability and data elements to be imported. We will also prepare the next expansion phase of the registry by collecting the informed consent forms of patients, incorporating suggestions of the users from the pilot phase and enlarging the data set of the eUROGEN registry. Thus, the main outputs will be the operational registry, its governance and the expansion plan, the synchronization protocol, the practice variation study and patient cohorts for future research and clinical trials.
The eUROGEN registry for all 114 rare urogenital diseases will benefit patients and their families who go through a diagnosis odyssey, and the physicians who will learn about seldom conditions and get new insights into the best treatment options, impossible on a national scale.