Digestive Health Month

May marked UEG's third annual Digestive Health Month campaign.

Nutrition, Obesity and Digestive Diseases

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It's time to give Pancreatic Cancer a voice.

Pancreatic Cancer

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Colorectal Cancer

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UEG's social media campaign to raise awareness of colorectal cancer and the importance of screening.

Patient Affairs News

All the latest patient affairs news, from UEG and patient organisations.

About UEG Week News: Professor Farthing, prior to your upcoming presidency you have been Chair of the Future Trends Committee. How will the insights you have gained through this work guide your agenda as UEG President? Prof. Farthing: The Future Trends Committee has two important pieces of work underway, which concern the burden of digestive disorders in Europe and the development of future scenarios for the management of digestive disorders in Europe. Let me start with the first of these issues: the Future Trends Committee has commissioned a pan-European survey of the burden of gastrointestinal and liver disease across the continent. This will provide core data for a comprehensive survey of digestive health in Europe. By this we expect to identify differences in digestive health provision between nations and to demonstrate gaps in knowledge, such that the study will itself promote future research initiatives. The study will also assess economic factors in the delivery of health care and make between-nation comparisons of annual spends on healthcare and attempt to relate this to the quality of health outcomes. UEG Week News: Who is carrying out the study? Prof. Farthing: An expert academic, multi-disciplinary team based at Swansea University, under the leadership of Dr. Stephen Roberts. This research team won the contract after an open bidding process that was overseen by the Future Trends Committee, which made a final recommendation to UEG Council. The team has extensive experience of this kind of study and published previously in related topics but as yet not on a pan-European scale. UEG Week News: What kind of outcome do you expect? Prof. Farthing: We believe this survey will provide invaluable information on the trends in morbidity and mortality of the major gastrointestinal and liver diseases. This information will assist our lobbying activities at the European Commission, particularly with respect to raising awareness of health-care trends in our speciality, and also assist in making the case for future research funding. We believe that the findings will also be of value to National Societies during discussions with health ministers about clinical and research priorities in member nations. This in-depth study will help us prioritise efforts for the promotion of new health-care interventions and research in Europe during the next 5 years. A first report  will be available on Tuesday, October 15, on the UEG Week website, with a final report to follow in the course of 2014. UEG Week News: Let’s turn to the Committee’s second main issue you mentioned at the beginning... Prof. Farthing: The Committee is also engaged in an exciting piece of work which aims to discover through a ‘scenario planning’ methodology how the specialty might evolve during the next 20 to 30 years. We will assess how the roles of different health-care professionals involved in the management of GI and liver diseases might change during this period and, in particular, where substitution across roles might occur. We will explore national differences in the way in which digestive health care is evolving across Europe and watch how economic factors are driving these changes in care. Our discipline has developed rapidly over the past 3 to 4 decades, many of the changes being technologically driven, notably through the major advancements in endoscopic and cross-sectional imaging, the impact of minimally invasive procedures both surgical and endoscopic, and through the development of relevant basic science that has improved diagnostic precision and therapeutic interventions. UEG Week News: How does this scenario building work? Prof. Farthing: Scenarios will be developed through workshop type formats as well as interviews with internal and external stakeholders, and the outcomes will eventually be triangulated with other groups, including our patients. The process is being supported by experts from Normann Partners, based in Stockholm and London, a group that specialises in the scenario planning approach to horizon scanning and imagining the future.

<< to ‘find out what we shall be doing in the future’, say in 10 to 20 years’ time, will help us prepare new training programmes for the gastroenterologists of the future >>

UEG Week News: How are gastroenterologists going to benefit from this look into the future? Prof. Farthing: The importance to ‘find out what we shall be doing in the future’, say in 10 to 20 years’ time, will help us prepare new training programmes for the gastroenterologists of the future, to work out ways of working better with other health-care professionals in our discipline and, perhaps most importantly, to determine what will be the key role of medically qualified practitioners in this new world. It will also guide the development of UEG, particularly UEG Week, the e-learning portal and our other educational activities. UEG Week News: Envisaging the immediate present of UEG, one of the most important organisational reforms, carried out recently, consisted in the National Societies becoming UEG members in their own right. Which new perspective does this open up? Prof. Farthing: Restructuring UEG to enable National Societies to become UEG members in their own right has been a major step forward for UEG. In the vast majority of cases, National Societies came into being before the specialist societies, which were the ‘founding sisters’ of UEG (then UEGF). National Societies, however, were always represented through the umbrella organisation ASNEMGE, but the new arrangements ensure that the National Societies have an important voice in determining the strategic future of UEG through the National Societies Forum, the General Assembly and Council. The remit of the National Societies Committee (NSC) is to maximise communication and strengthen relationships between the National Societies and UEG.


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Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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Working together across Europe 

UEG is dedicated to working with European patient organisations in all GI disease areas.

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