Some might say there is a patient-physician disconnect when discussing urological care. Studies have shown that there is often a gap between what the physician recommends, based on scientific evidence combined with experience, and what patients prefer in terms of outcome, side effects and maintaining a good quality of life.
A patient’s personal values and opinions may not be taken into consideration or compatible with the recommended treatment. As a result, healthcare professionals (HCPs) may appear to be out of sync with health-related quality-of-life matters that a patient wants to discuss.
The patient-physician disconnect will be one of the themes at the Annual EAU Congress. The EAU offers patient advocates the opportunity to present their research into diagnostics, treatments and follow-ups that could cast a fresh light on health-related quality-of-life issues and addresses presumptions that exist regarding these issues.
Hein Van Poppel
EAU Adjunct Secretary General Education
Patient Poster Session, 9 July 16.30 – 17.40, Virtual Room 9
Eamonn T. Rogers, EAU Patient Information Chairman
Lydia Makaroff, Vice President World Bladder Cancer Patient Coalition
- A total of 14 abstracts have been selected for presentation during the Patient Poster Session from 16.30 until 17.30. The Patient Poster Session aims to encourage interaction between the presenter and the medical experts about patient perspectives. It provides educational opportunities for patients, patient advocates and HCPs, thereby, intending to close the gap by improving communication and changing perceptions on both sides. This will ultimately lead to better treatment and adherence as well as better outcomes through shared decision-making.
- The Top-5 Best Patient Poster Award Session will take place right after the Patient Poster Session, from 17.30 until 17.40.
- A number of Patient Poster abstracts have been selected for presentation during the EAU Poster Session 7: “Patient Engagement”, which is scheduled 9 July 10.00 – 11.00, Virtual Room 8. The poster presentation in the scientific programme brings together HCPs and patients in the best possible way. By bringing the patient perspective into the discussion, it provides a good balance and it will clearly showcase any disconnects in terms of what patients experience, think, want and the view of clinicians. A better understanding of expectations from both sides benefits all.
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“I am honoured to be co-chairing the patient poster presentations at this year’s conference. The European Association of Urology has been a world leader in ensuring that patient organisations are included within their congress. I am looking forward to seeing impactful presentations from around the world, demonstrating the value of patients and physicians working together to co-create better care pathways”
Lydia Makaroff, PhD, Vice-president World Bladder Cancer Patient Coalition (WBCPC)