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ePAG Resources

In this section, you will find a wide variety of materials: from practical guides and toolkits to webinars, posters and many readily available and adaptable resources generated with and for the ePAG community.


Building Good Practices: Patient Engagement in the Reference Networks

Peer-to-peer learning is a powerful resource to drive change and showcase how patient involvement in ERNs is delivering results. Videoconferences on the “ePAG exchange of good practices” are organised by EURORDIS throughout the year. ePAG advocates present their activities to guide others through their own experiences, identifying success factors and capturing lessons learned. The presentations of these good practices and the recordings are available below.

Patient Partnership Webinar: The Patient Experience – partnering to improve hospital services

The webinar illustrates how patient partnership can be organised to improve healthcare services in hospitals that host ERNs’ Expert Centres. Joan Vinyets i Rejón, Head of the Patient Experience Area and Jordi Antón, Head of the Paediatric Rheumatology Deparment, at Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona Children’s Hospital (Spain) present their Patient Experience programme and showcase how collaboration with patients has contributed to enhance the quality of hospital services. The webinar also highlights how such practices may impact the work of the ERNs’ Expert Centres.

Approaches to Evaluate Evidence on Rare Disease Guidelines

It is well acknowledged that a different approach is needed to evaluate new Orphan Medicines compared to standard medicines and vaccines, due to the small population numbers that are impacted by rare diseases. With limited published evidence available, how can we adopt an enhanced approach to reviewing all the available information on new rare disease medicines in order to support clinical decision making?

This webinar brough together experts and methodologists experienced in successfully navigating the underlying issues. They proposed solutions for developing effective guidelines for the evaluation of evidence to support clinical decision making for people living with a rare or complex condition.

Patient Partnership Webinar: Go East! Project by ERN Lung

Gergely Meszaros (European Reference Networks (ERN) Lung project manager and patient advocate) and Francesco Bonella (Respiratory Physician and Coordinator of the Core Network Sarcoidosis) present the Go East! Project. This patient-led initiative aims to raise awareness about ERNs among health professionals in Eastern European countries with the objective of having professionals from these countries actively involved in the Networks.

Patient Partnership in Healthcare Webinar – Patient Journeys

This webinar is part of the Improving Patient Partnership Series, during which the recently introduced Guide to Creating a Patient Journey and accompanying templates were showcased. Patient Journeys capture the natural history of a rare condition and the needs of patients through their day-to-day experiences. Patient representatives active in the ERNs can make use of these tools to engage with their communities and identify common needs for each rare condition so that they can be used to guide the Networks’ actions to meet these needs.

Patient Partnership in Educational Programmes: ERN NMD Rehabilitation Summer School

In this webinar within the Improving Patient Partnership Series, Jean Philippe Plançon, President of European Patient Organization for Dysimmune and Inflammatory Neuropathies (EPODIN) and Chair of the ERN NMD Educational Board, talks about the success his organisation found with their patient partnership in training programme!

Exchange of good practice webinar

Improved patient-clinician shared leadership and collaboration was a cross-cutting need identified by all 24 European Reference Networks (ERNs) and European Patient Advocacy Groups (ePAGs). To address this need, EURORDIS organized and co-funded with 3 ERNs patient-clinician team building pilots. The ERNs participating in the team building pilots were ERN ReCONNET, ERN ITHACA and ERN LUNG.

Good practice: Patient involvement in identifying unmet needs on clinical patient guidelines

Charissa Frank, Ilaria Galetti, Ana Vieira, ePAG patient advocates ERN ReCONNET (European Reference Network on Rare and Complex Connective Tissue and Musculoskeletal Diseases)

Good practice: Raising awareness of ERNs at the national level

Dorica Dan, ePAG patient advocate ERN-ITHACA (ERN on congenital malformations & rare intellectual disability)


Good practice: Developing patient journeys

Sue Routledge, Ammi Sundqvist Andersson, ePAG patient advocates ERN-ITHACA (ERN on congenital malformations & rare intellectual disability)

Good Practice: Rare eye disease ontology creation and editing

Russell Wheeler, ePAG patient advocate ERN EYE (European Reference Network on Rare Eye Diseases)

Good practice: Supporting the engagement in ERNs of under-represented patient communities

Loris Brunetta, ePAG advocate, EuroBloodNet ERN (European Reference Network on Rare Hematological Diseases (RHD)


Good practice: Patients’ Involvement in the ENDO ERN Registry project (EuRRECa)

Johan de Graaf, ePAG advocate, ENDO ERN (European Reference Network on Rare Endocrine Conditions)


Good practice: Patient Involvement in the development of Surgical Consensus Statements for Esophageal Atresia (EA) disease

Graham Slater, Anke Widenmann-Grolig, JoAnne Fruithof, ePAG advocates, ERNICA (European Reference Network for rare inherited and congenital digestive disorders, including gastro-intestinal disorders)

Good practice: Building a National ePAG group (ePAG Italy) in collaboration with the Italian National Alliance

Isabella Brambilla, ePAG advocate, EpiCARE (European Reference Network on epilepsies) on behalf of the 45 ePAG advocates members of the ePAG Italy

Good practice: Creation of National Networks of Centers of Expertise in The Netherlands and collaboration with the Dutch National Alliance in the Project Connect Extended

Caroline van den Bosch, ePAG advocate, VASCERN (European Reference Network on Rare Multisystemic Vascular Diseases)



Good practice: Developing a Patient Satisfaction Questionnaire

Marie-Claude Boiteux, ePAG advocate, ERN Skin (European Reference Network on skin disorders)

Jessie Dubief, EURORDIS

Peer-learning pills: Development of patient reported outcome measures (PROMs)

Daniel Lewi, ePAG advocate in MetabERN (European Reference Network on hereditary metabolic disorders)

Good Practice: Patient-clinician feedback session

Angela Leburgue, ePAG advocate, Rare Hepatological diseases

Claudia Sproedt, ePAG advocate, European Rare Kidney Diseases

Patient Engagement in Clinical Practice Guideline Development

Gareth Davies, ePAG advocate in ERN CRANIO
Claas Roehl, ePAG advocates in GENTURIS

Good Practice: Designing Surveys

Jessie Dubief, Rare Barometer Research Executive

Ilaria Galetti and Silvia Aguilera, ePAG advocates at ReCONNET

Diana Marinello, project manager at ReCONNET


Good Practice: VASCERN Flowchart


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