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EURObservational Research Programme

The new programme of surveys and registries

Europe needs reliable data on cardiovascular (CV) disease and the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) is the body which should provide such data. Surveys and Registries (S/R) are essential to assess CV epidemiology, diagnostic/therapeutic processes and adherence to Guidelines.
In 2009 the EURObservational Research Programme (EORP) was launched.  The aim of this new programme, of Surveys & Registries, is to provide a better understanding of medical practice based on observational data collected with more robust methodological procedures.
The main features of the EURObservational Research Programme are:

    • Use of appropriate methodological procedures
    • Network of volunteer centres appointed by ESC constituent bodies
    • Use on-line electronic Case Report Forms (CRF) allowing user friendly web based data entry
    • Full involvement of the ESC National Societies and relevant ESC Constituent Bodies

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ESC TV 2014 - The European Observational Research Programme

ESC registries, Organised by EURObservational Research Programme

The EurObservational Research Programme started 5 years ago when the ESC Board recognized the need to produce good, robust European data on how cardiology is practised in Europe. We thought that this was our duty towards the ESC NCSs, the European agency and authorities and the only practical way to understand whether guidelines are implemented. The programme has 5 goals...Continue reading Professor Ferrari's report from ESC Congress

Far-reaching programme of ESC Registries

Since its introduction in 2008 the ESC’s registry programme - known as the EURObservational Research Programme, or EORP - has grown from just two pilot surveys (both in heart failure) to a broad-ranging and far-reaching programme of 13 registries arranged within the categories of ‘General’, ‘Sentinel’, ‘Special’ and ‘Prevention’ (the last of which now includes both arms, hospital and primary care, of the latest round of the Euroaspire data collection and analysis).

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The new programme includes:

Clinical Cardiology surveys/registries:

 General S/R to assess the management of diseases of major impact in terms of incidence. These surveys will provide epidemiological data and provide reports on the application of clinical practice guidelines recommendations.
 Sentinel S/R to assess the impact of interventional procedures and imaging techniques.
 Special S/R to assess epidemiology and management of rarer conditions as arising critical issues in terms of public health (severity of the disease, stringent clinical needs, costs).
 Prevention S/R to assess cardiovascular risk factors epidemiology and prevention measures


Ongoing and planned studies

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Results from completed EORP studies are published in the European Heart Journal as well as other major scientific reviews. 

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