SeeMyLife: Holistic mixed approaches to capture the real life of children with Rare Eye Diseases

Joint Transnational Call 2021 (JTC201)

SeeMyLife: Holistic mixed approaches to capture the real life of children with Rare Eye Diseases

In Europe, Rare Eye Diseases (RED) are the leading cause of severe visual impairment/blindness (SVI/B) in children. This sensory disability with its accompanying psychological distress hugely impacts their lives and their families. Understanding this impact is key in care, shared decision making, developing therapies, and improving social integration. However, current tools to evaluate vision related quality of life (VR-QoL) disregard age and cultural differences, while we lack knowledge on what aspects of this impact are important at the individual child’s level. Instruments capable of yielding high-quality data, with broad applicability and regulatory compliance, remain to be developed.

SeeMyLife convenes a multidisciplinary team from 6 EU countries to generate data on the experience of these children. We will combine quantitative (QUAN) and qualitative (QUAL) data in a mixed methods research framework. QUAN data will be generated using standardized, validated VR-QoL questionnaires. QUAL data will be generated from a socio-anthropologic study including semi-directive interviews to address how their disability affects lives. The conclusions of the QUAN study, comparable across several countries, will be reinforced by the richness of the individual data collected during the QUAL study.

SeeMyLife will provide tools for RED children/teenagers’ self-report which will be used in clinical care and research as a new European standard, and the long-awaited knowledge about the patient’s position within his/her own life course and within his/her family and healthcare actors.

  • Dollfus, Hélène
    Hôpitaux Universitaires de Strasbourg (HUS) [FRANCE]
  • Le Breton, David
    University of Strasbourg (UNISTRA) [FRANCE]
  • Finger, Robert
    University Hospital Bonn [GERMANY]
  • Leonardi, Matilde
    Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Neurologico Carlo Besta [ITALY]
  • Leroy, Bart Peter
    Ghent University Hospital [BELGIUM]
  • Žemaitiene, Reda
    Lithuanian University of Health Sciences [LITHUANIA]
  • Nowomiejska, Katarzyna
    Medical University of Lublin [POLAND]