EUREQUO Project Overview
|EUREQUO stands for European Registry for Quality Outcome for Cataract and Refractive Surgery and is sponsored by the ESCRS (European Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgery) and is co-funded by the European Union (EU). It is the largest international IT project in ophthalmology connecting ophthalmic professionals in 18 countries.
The participating countries are: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, the UK and Turkey.
The EUREQUO project aims to support improved treatment and standards of care for cataract and refractive surgery. This will be achieved through the development of a Europe-wide network of National Registries reporting clinical outcomes of cataract and refractive surgery. EUREQUO aims to make a significant impact on the exchange of best practice between practitioners in relation to patient safety in this field.
The National Ophthalmology Societies of the participating countries will have an active role in the implementation of the project at national level. The project will combine two existing registries in a single professional database:
- European Cataract Outcome Study (ECOS)
- Refractive Surgery Outcomes Information System (RSOIS)
The project is a three year programme, made up of an assessment phase in year one (2008), a pilot phase in year two (2009-2010), and roll-out phase in year three (2010-2011).
EUREQUO has been co-financed by the ESCRS (European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery) and the European Union (Executive Agency for Health and Consumers).