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EAU Patient Information launched with materials on kidney and ureteral stones


10-09-2012      3701 views

On 10 September the EAU piloted its new project - EAU Patient Information. This project aims to offer clear and trustworthy information on urological diseases - in plain language and consistent throughout all of its translations.

Currently the information is available in English, Dutch, Finnish, Slovenian and Turkish. Italian, Polish and Arabic versions will be published in the next few months.

 

Kidney and ureteral stones

The EAU Patient Information initiative launches with an extensive set of materials covering kidney and ureteral stones.

“The prevalence of stones in the kidney and ureter has been rising steadily over the last 30 years, and in response the EAU is calling for greater clinician and patient awareness,” said Prof. Hein van Poppel, EAU Executive Member – Education.

“During Urology Week, which begins on 17th September, we will be actively promoting this Europe-wide patient information initiative. This is a European problem, so we will be immediately issuing this  information in 5 languages, and we will develop more language versions in the upcoming years. We need to give the patients, wherever they are, the tools to know what to ask their doctor.”

According to Prof. Palle J.S. Osther, Chairman of the EAU Section of Urolithiasis: “The number of adults with stones in the kidney or the ureter has more than doubled in just a generation, but we have not seen a corresponding increase in awareness. The figures speak for themselves - I have been practicing since 1980, and I have seen a significant and worrying increase in cases.”

This project is a truly European collaboration, with many parties involved in the production of the materials: the EAU Guidelines Office, the EAU Section of Urolithiasis, The Urolithiasis Section of the EAU Young Academic Urologists Group, European Association of Urology Nurses (EAUN), Finnish Urological Association (FUA), Turkish Association of Urology (TAU) and the Slovenian Urological Society (ZUS).

Why use this information?

Whether you are a urologist, nurse practitioner, general practitioner, or an expert in an affiliated field, you are welcome to use and recommend the information and printable materials provided on this website. These well-illustrated materials will help you in educating your patients – they are written in plain language and at the same time they comply with the most current evidence base in medicine: EAU patient information is in line with the EAU Guidelines.

As this project continues to expand, more and more topics and languages will appear on this website. We work closely with national urological societies, and this means that the information provided on this website is relevant for your region.

How to use this information?

You are welcome to use this information to supplement your consultations with patients – on its own or additionally to the information available in your practice. You can share this information with your patients in three ways:

  • Distribute: On the website you can download all EAU Patient Information leaflets for free. They are print-friendly and you can hand them out to your patients.
  • Recommend: If it is not possible to print out the leaflets, you can recommend this website and the leaflets to your patients. Most of them will be able to access the website on their own and print out the relevant information. You may want to print out our reference flyer – you can give it to the patient so that they don’t forget to visit the website.
  • Link and share: We will be happy and thankful if you help us spread the word about this project – we would like as many people as possible to benefit from our work! Please download our banners and link to us from your website. The banners are available in different languages.

Is your language not on the website?

Do you like the EAU Patient Information initiative, but cannot make the best use of it because your native language is not on the website? With the help of our partners, we are working to make this website available in as many languages as possible. You can help by contacting the urological society from your country and encouraging them to join our partner network!

Visit the EAU Patient Information website >



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