European Urology Today: June/July 2023

risks of bias by collecting data from only the most motivated centres were also discussed, as were the technical complexities of customising the database with optional “bolt-ons” and issues like anonymisation. Prof. N’Dow thanked discussants and promised that, “in a bespoke way, the EAU will assist participating sites to fix specific problems that they may face at the local country level; however, to achieve this we need your feedback.” Reaching Europe’s patients While Patient Information is now a long-running project for the EAU, it has only recently been reorganised into its own Office, led by Prof. Eamonn Rogers (Galway, IE). In Noordwijk, the suitability and use of patient information materials was discussed with the national societies’ representatives, leading to some interesting points. Discussion revealed that while urology patients may have similar problems and concerns across Europe, it would be dangerous to assume a one-size-fits-all approach to patient information,

particularly when treatment options still differ so much across Europe. Informative videos that might serve as explainers for routine robotic prostatectomies in some countries, could raise unrealistic expectations for patients in countries where such procedures are much more exclusive. The need for trustworthy and accessible patient information was universally accepted, particularly in the fight against unreliable online information. A major challenge for wide adoption is the need for regularly-updated and accurate local translations, an area where the EAU and national societies might have shared concerns and needs. The day-long meeting was ended with concluding remarks from the discussion leaders, back in a group setting. Prof. Stenzl thanked all participants and was proud to have every corner of Europe represented in one room, with urologists strengthening ties and working together to improve the level of care for their patients: “You have given us valuable feedback and we look forward to hearing a lot more from you in the coming months!”

ESUR23 29th Meeting of the EAU Section of Urological Research

19-21 October 2023, Basel, Switzerland

In collaboration with the EAU Section of Uropathology (ESUP)

An application will be made to the EACCME ® for CME accreditation of this event.

Traditional group photo of all of the participants. We hope to see them again next year!

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