We have MORE THAN a dream – your pioneer IBD platform, UR-CARE, is online NOW!

Julián Panés, ECCO President; Filip Baert, UR-CARE Steering Committee

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Dear friends and colleagues,

UR-CARE is online NOW!

This international database offered to you by ECCO’s research unit (IBDIM) has been designed for your patient records and your research studies.

Our Community has been very much anticipating a comprehensive tool which:

  • Helps health care professionals in IBD to manage patient records in daily clinical care, providing a user-friendly solution at top-level standard
  • Allows researchers to build on a validated tool, to reduce the work duplication in data entry, to use a joint CRF format and to benefit from a comparable data format for retrospective studies 
  • Offers a helpful basis for multidisciplinary teams as a joint reference platform, for example supporting nurses in answering helplines 

UR-CARE is the ECCO flagship project – aiming to bring the IBD Community together at a pioneer level while at the same time providing scientific independence: the initiative builds on the sovereignty of the participating centres and of the study groups to decide about their data and projects, and offers to bring your research to an international level.

This visionary project provides a solid basis for cross-national research as well as improvement of quality of care in patients and merits your dedicated interest and focus. It is thoroughly prepared, transparent and embedded in the academic framework of ECCO – with a primary focus on users and patients. The commitment to diligence and scientific integrity is a distinctive benchmark characteristic of this project. 

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UR-CARE Steering Committee at UEGW'17 © ECCO

Offering such a broad framework trusts in your readiness to explore and investigate the opportunities provided by this tool: the benefits build on a complex and solid foundation set up in the European framework. Non-European centres and study groups are invited to contact the UR-CARE team for further discussion about potential collaboration. 

We trust that the UR-CARE benefits will unite the IBD Community and that we can jointly boost patient care. 


Julián Panés, ECCO President on behalf of the ECCO Governing Board
Filip Baert, on behalf of the UR-CARE Steering Committee

Welcome Checklist – How to join UR-CARE
(outline of core steps)

Get informed and prepare to:

  • Visit the demo version – easily accessible on the ECCO Website: www.ecco-ibd.eu/ur-care
  • Seize the occasion of the upcoming ECCO’18 Congress to find answers to your personal questions at the UR-CARE Training Centre.
  • Coordinate with your national study group about using UR-CARE as a permanently established study group. 
  • Contact the ECCO Office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to grant you access to a test live version (going beyond the functionalities of the demo version).
  • Schedule a meeting between UR-CARE Steering Committee representatives and your study group at the UEG Week or the ECCO Congress (allocated on a first come, first served basis).

Joining UR-CARE as an Individual Participant Centre:

Posted in ECCO News, UR-CARE News, Volume 12, Issue 4