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The EUSCREEN study aims to compare vision and hearing screening programmes for children in all EU states by using a cost-optimisation model.
Representatives of EU states will be asked to provide detailed data on the following domains: demography, the general background of screening systems, existing screening systems, coverage/attendance, tests used, follow-up/diagnosis, treatment, benefit and adverse effects.

The cost-effectiveness model will predict the most cost-effective and affordable way to screen children in each country, given the local circumstances. A preliminary version of the model is currently available for testing.
Paediatric ophthalmologists, paediatric otolaryngologists, audiologists and professionals who organise and perform screening in each country were invited to participate in the study and report on the state of screening in their country. An extensive, detailed questionnaire was available for that purpose.

Model-developed screening programmes have been tested in the county of Cluj in Romania for vision, and in three counties in Albania for hearing screening. A manual with a strategy for implementation is being developed by detailed tracking, and from identified requisites, facilitators and barriers. The cost-effectiveness model and the strategy for implementation will be packed into a transferable TOOLKIT that will assist healthcare providers and policy makers worldwide in their decisions to introduce or modify vision and hearing screening programmes, and increase effectiveness, efficiency and equity of child health care.

News

Photoscreening review published

A narrative review has been published that considers photoscreening used in community services, focusing on costs, cost-effectiveness and scope of use, compared with EUSCREEN project Country Reports describing how photo- and automated screening is used internationally. Evidence that photoscreening reduces amblyopia or strabismus prevalence or improves overall outcomes is weak, as is evidence of cost-effectiveness, compared to later visual acuity […]

Improvements made to cost-effectiveness model; still online for testing

The past few weeks, several improvements to the cost-effectiveness model have already been implemented based on feedback from initial testers. The latest updates can be found here. It is very important for the further development and optimisation of the model that it is tested by as many informed people as possible. The model can be found here. In case you […]

Changelog November 20, 2019

Model development It is only possible to enter a number as the total cost of the diagnostic examination. In the future, the model will calculate the cost of the diagnostic examination in the same way it calculates the cost of screening. In vision screening, under proposed programmes, there is a column ‘test’ where you can only pick one option: visual […]

Changelog November 7, 2019

Model Development The model version is good, but multi-institution forecasting is not the best. I suggest that only kindergartens and schools be taken. Thank you for your suggestion. We have discussed your comment with the developers of the model and it will be looked further into. At school there might be range of people available who might be potential screeners (teachers/ […]

Preliminary version of the EUSCREEN cost-effectiveness model now online for testing

A preliminary version of the EUSCREEN cost-effectiveness model is now online and can be accessed here. This model is designed to calculate the most cost-effective and affordable way to screen children in different countries and regions, given the local circumstances. This preliminary version of the model is to be used for testing. In the current phase of the model’s development, […]

EUSCREEN presentation at EFAS Congress 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal

At the 14th congress of European Federations in Audiology Societies (EFAS), we had the opportunity to present our project the first day to the main auditorium. Our presentations covered target conditions, quality assurance, health economy and technical issues. We also took part in a seminar about Screening programs, presenting results from the EUSCREEN questionnaire. The presentation can be viewed here […]

Summary of the EUSCREEN study meeting in Poznań on March 8, 2019

This year the EUSCREEN study’s annual meeting was held in Poznan, Poland, on Friday, March 8, 2019. All Country Representatives for hearing, vision and general screening were invited to attend the meeting, held at the city’s Medical University’s Congress Centre. Plenary morning session We started the day with a word of welcome by the study coordinator, followed by a plenary session with […]

Mapping and documenting existing hearing screening provision

By Allison Mackey and Inger Uhlén EUSCREEN hearing questionnaire evaluation Country representatives from almost all European countries and a number of non-European countries have responded to the Questionnaire, regarding hearing screening questions. In order to ensure accurate input to the model, an extensive validation procedure was carried out on all data provided by each Country Representative to the questionnaire for […]

Improving child health: when would a population-based screening programme be an appropriate, acceptable and sustainable intervention? Introducing the EUSCREEN framework

By Mirjam Verkleij and Eveline Heijnsdijk Having to deal with budget constraints, health care policy-makers are to plan their decisions on evidence that a new health care programme is cost-effective. However, multiple criteria must be taken into account when deciding on a new population-based screening programme. This study aimed to develop a user-friendly, practical tool to include multiple criteria when […]

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