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EURObservational Research Programme: Revealing the true picture of European cardiac healthcare

ESC Congress News 2018 - Munich, Germany

Established in 2009, the aim of the ESC EURObservational Research Programme (EORP) is to improve healthcare throughout Europe and beyond.

Vahanian.jpg“It does this,” explains EORP Chair, Professor Alec Vahanian (Hôpital Bichat, Paris, France), “by building on the previous ESC Euro Heart Survey programme to provide a better understanding of medical practice in Europe and to identify areas where improvement is needed.”

The programme has a wide range of registries. “In addition to those on common diseases, intervention and prevention, EORP is host to a number of unique registries on rare diseases, including the world’s largest registry on pregnancy in cardiac patients—ROPAC. The data generated by EORP are a valuable resource for all those involved in cardiac care,” he says. During his time as Chair, Prof. Vahanian focused on the ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines, using the key points—the main drivers of quality in practice—to assess just how well guidelines are incorporated into care. “The information we derive from EORP can give us an idea not just of how medicine is being practised, but also, in some cases, why. For example, guidelines may not be adhered to because of financial or logistical constraints rather than a lack of understanding or awareness.” The ESC is continually looking to strengthen and extend the reach of EORP. “We want to improve the quality of the registry by including data from across the spectrum of healthcare facilities,” says Prof. Vahanian.

“In particular, we would really like to engage more with the ESC National Cardiac Societies—as well as working groups, associations and centres—and share in the wealth of information they hold so that we can provide doctors and patients with a more detailed picture of the status of cardiac care within Europe.”

Don’t miss

  • ESC/EORP late breaking registry results to be presented during the following sessions:
  • EORP-AF general long-term and Euro Heart Survey AF registries, and ELECTRa registry sub-analysis: Sunday 26 August, 16:45 – 17:45; Kiev – Village 6
  • EORP VHD II registry: Monday 27 August,
  • 08:30 – 10:00; Centre Stage – The Hub
  • ROPAC: Tuesday 28 August, 14:30 – 15:45; Centre Stage – The Hub


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About the European Society of Cardiology

The European Society of Cardiology brings together healthcare professionals from more than 150 countries, working to advance cardiovascular medicine and help people lead longer, healthier lives.

About ESC Congress 2018

ESC Congress is the world’s largest and most influential cardiovascular event contributing to global awareness of the latest clinical trials and breakthrough discoveries. ESC Congress 2018 takes place 25 to 29 August at the Messe München in Munich, Germany. Explore the scientific programme