EUReMS: the European MS register

#MSBlogEUReMS a new and powerful lobby for MSers in Europe!

Pugliatti et al. Assess, compare and enhance the status of Persons with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in Europe: a European Register for MS. Acta Neurol Scand Suppl. 2012;(195):24-30. doi: 10.1111/ane.12024.

OBJECTIVES: MSers experience health-related quality of life (HRQoL) problems that differs across Europe, and the European Union (EU) faces deep inequalities in MS management from country to country. Through the establishment of a European MS Register (EUReMS), an effective action is proposed to improve the overall knowledge on MS and support effective intervention programmes at EU and national political level. EUReMS aims to achieve consensus on its mission and vision, to define existing data providers, to develop models driving future MS health policies and research, to develop an information technology (IT) infrastructure for a data set, to develop a European shared governance and to secure providers’ data provision into EUReMS.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: EUReMS is meant to build on a minimum set of core data from existing national and regional population-based MS registries and from MSers perspectives. EUReMS’ main partner is the European MS Platform (EMSP) acting in collaboration with associated and collaborating European partners.

RESULTS: EUReMS was launched in July 2011. A Consensus Statement on purposes, vision, mission and strategies was produced in December 2011, and a comprehensive survey on existing MS data collections in Europe has been performed, and the EUReMS data mask is currently being discussed.

CONCLUSIONS: EUReMS will represent a tool to provide up to date, comparable and sustainable MS data through an effective and credible register, which will encourage extensive knowledge building of MS, more equitable policies and higher standards in MS treatment and services.

“Some of you will say, ‘oh not another register’! Don’t be cynical. EUReMS is likely to become the most important European lobby group for MSers. Databases or registers are seldom used for what they were created for; inevitably they have a wider and greater impact than what their creators envisioned. We should therefore give EUReMS our backing; who knows it may be the platform from which we launch the first MS prevention study.”

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