This Action will bring together Chronic GvHD (cGvHD) researchers across Europe for the first time, creating a network of cross-disciplinary experts in the field.
Working Group 3
Socioeconomics/Quality of life
Dr Hélène Schoemans
Helene has been employed at the UZ Leuven (Belgium) since 2009 as a bone marrow transplantation physician. Her particular interests are Graft versus host disease, Survivorship, Patient Reported Outcomes, eHealth, Chronic care models and Quality of life. She is Chair of the ‘Late Effects Subcommittee’ of the Transplant Complications Working Party of the EBMT (European Society for Bone & Marrow Transplantation).
Dr Hélène Schoemans
CGvHD is a long term complex disease which has several co-morbidities and as such impacts on the quality of life of patients. By studying the societal impact of the disease via documented patient-reported outcome (PRO) assessments, including reduced working days due to hospital stays, EUROGRAFT will allow an improved assessment of the burden on society of cGvHD at both the individual and European level.
Estimate the burden of cGvHD to transplant communities and to societal impact. Assessment of the quality of treatment compared to financial input in different European countries by close interaction of clinicians and experts in economics.
To survey current practice pattern in cGVHD PRO assessment across European centers through a joint EBMT-COST survey.
To review the current literature on PRO assessment in cGVHD and create an online toolbox of standardized instruments to evaluate PRO in cGVHD patients.
To make patients’ voice heard and identify current challenges in cGVHD from the patients’ perspective.
To create a framework to understand the societal cost of cGVHD in collaboration with health economy experts.
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