Clinical News

Conference Report: Improving Outcomes for Gastrointestinal Cancer in the UK

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 08:21

On 7 December 2015, the British Society of Gastroenterology and the Royal College of Physicians held a joint conference: GI cancer in the UK: can we do better? The meeting was timely as, although outcomes for patients with most gastrointestinal cancers in the UK have steadily improved in the past 10 years, survival figures remain substantially worse than in many other comparable nations.

An extensive write up of the meeting, covering screening, early diagnosis, specific tumour sites and the interface between primary and secondary care were covered by leading UK experts.

This has been published in Frontline Gastroenterology and can be access through the link below.

UEG Digestive Health Month

Wednesday, 04 May 2016 12:38

UEG Digestive Health Month in May to shine the light on GI diseases in Europe.

The first UEG Digestive Health Month will take place this May to increase awareness about digestive health and to highlight how more funding can help to advance our understanding of related diseases. It will bring much needed attention to gastrointestinal diseases that people often shy away from.

Two of the key initiatives being organised by UEG will be the "Digestive Health and Children" and "Prevention, Promotion and Screening" events to be held in the European Parliament. They will enable UEG members to raise awareness and reach out to policymakers about the rising incidence of GI diseases in the EU and the worrying lack of research funding to address them.

UEG will point out that more than 600 million patients over 60 suffered from a gastrointestinal disease in 2000. This number is expected to double to 1.2 billion by 2025. And yet, GI receives far too little of Europe's current annual health research budget.

UEG Elections 2016

Friday, 08 April 2016 09:31

The UEG has given notice that the following positions will be elected during UEG Week Vienna 2016:

  • Chair of the Scientific Committee
  • Chair of the Public Affairs Committee
  • Two Members on the National Societies Committee

Deadline for nominations: September 16, 2016.

The specific job descriptions for each position are available online and the UEG statutes should be carefully considered during the definition of suitable candidates.

2 positions for Members on the National Societies Committee

Given UEG's focus on equality and the current composition of the National Societies Committee they will only consider female candidates for this round of elections during the meeting of the National Societies Forum at UEG Week Vienna 2016. Access the Call for Elections and Job Description.

Election of Chairs of the EUG Scientific and Public Affairs Committee

Following Article 11 of the UEG statutes, Chairs of the Committees are elected already one year before the term of their predecessor ends to allow a smooth handover of business. Chair Elects for these positions will thus be elected during the Meeting of Members (former General Assembly) on occasion of UEG Week Vienna 2016.

Press Release: Medics call for urgent improvements in the quality of endoscopy across Europe

Tuesday, 05 April 2016 08:36

(Vienna) Every year, tens of millions of individuals across Europe undergo endoscopic procedures to assist with the diagnosis and management of gastrointestinal diseases. However, significant variation in current endoscopy provision across Europe has been reported¹, with back-to-back colonoscopy studies demonstrating that a concerning 22% of all adenomas are missed and that a three-to-six fold variation in adenoma detection is present between endoscopists².

This inconsistent provision, coupled with improved first-line screening methods, has created a requirement to improve the quality of endoscopy services as endoscopy of a high quality have been shown to deliver superior health outcomes, better patient experience and fewer repeat procedures³.

United European Gastroenterology (UEG) and The European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE) have therefore published a joint paper which identifies a need for change and outlines the first phase of a series of recommendations for improvements in quality standards of endoscopy.

UEG endoscopy specialist Professor Thierry Ponchon, who is a member of the ESGE Quality Improvement Committee, welcomes the publication of new standards. "Endoscopy services throughout Europe are at a critical point at the current time. We must make improvements in the quality of service for our patients a major and immediate priority. Our aim is achieve high quality standards for endoscopy throughout Europe over the next two years and create a thriving community of endoscopy services for all."

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