Educational and knowledge gaps within the European reference network on rare endocrine conditions

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Iotova , V , Schalin-Jäntti , C , Bruegmann , P , Broesamle , M , Bratina , N , Tillmann , V , Hiort , O & Pereira , A M 2021 , ' Educational and knowledge gaps within the European reference network on rare endocrine conditions ' , Endocrine Connections , vol. 10 , no. 1 , pp. 37-44 .

Title: Educational and knowledge gaps within the European reference network on rare endocrine conditions
Author: Iotova, Violeta; Schalin-Jäntti, Camilla; Bruegmann, Petra; Broesamle, Manuela; Bratina, Natasa; Tillmann, Vallo; Hiort, Olaf; Pereira, Alberto M.
Contributor organization: HUS Abdominal Center
Endokrinologian yksikkö
University of Helsinki
Helsinki University Hospital Area
Date: 2021-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 8
Belongs to series: Endocrine Connections
ISSN: 2049-3614
Abstract: Objective: The European Reference Network on Rare Endocrine Conditions (Endo-ERN), operational since 2017, consists of 71 health care providers (HCPs) in 19 EU member states. Our objective was to assess education and knowledge on rare endocrine conditions. Design and methods: A survey was developed and sent through the DIGIT-EUROSURVEY system to all Endo-ERN HCPs. Results: Response rate was 55% (n = 146), 95% physicians, 58% > 20 years of experience, 96% academics. Largest knowledge gaps were reported for the transition and neonatal ages, and for the GPs. Less than 50% of HCPs had structured educational rare diseases (RD) plans, while 86% used RD specific guidelines. HCPs would share educational materials within Endo-ERN (74%), and participate in an accreditation model (85%). E-learning portals of the endocrine scientific societies used 58 % (ESPE) and 64% (ESE). Most participants (90%) regarded Endo-ERN coordinated educational activities (annual meetings slots, webinars, etc.) as highly important and supported a common educational platform. Social media was perceived as important for educating patients (86%) but not for physicians (36%). Seventy-five % had developed patient education materials; only 31% had specific children's materials, and by-country avail ability varied from 0 to 100%. Respondents provided newly diagnosed patients with their own material in the national language (81%); referred to advocacy groups (68%), and relevant online sources (50%). Respondents believed the European Commission should fund education through Endo-ERN. Conclusion: Identified knowledge gaps in rare endocrine disorders set the basis for fast catch-up through collaboration, alignment with patients' needs, and further development of existing and newly developed educational resources.
Subject: education
knowledge gaps
health care professionals
rare endocrine diseases
3121 General medicine, internal medicine and other clinical medicine
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