Article No 395
25 November 2020
This is a call to action to the Global aHUS community.
It is self evident that those who know they have aHUS have had an aHUS diagnosis. Not all aHUS patients do, and a diagnosis of aHUS can be hard to get. The patient’s journey to that diagnosis is as individual as the patients themselves. They were the only ones to have lived it all from the moment they thought something was up with them to being told “You’ve got aHUS”.
The experience and perception of aHUS patients ,who have gone through it, can be of help to those who are yet to go through it. aHUS patients say helping those future aHUS patient is the reason they want aHUS to be better known. Greater awareness can lead to quicker identification of one of the rarest of rare diseases.
The aHUS alliance Global Action is providing an the opportunity for aHUS patients around the world to share their own experience and perception of the aHUS diagnosis process in a survey. Collectively that evidence can be used to inform, educate and help shape better diagnosis experiences for those yet to suffer an aHUS onset.
It aims to capture diagnosis process timelines, symptom severity and impact on health. It also aims to gain more understanding of the aHUS diagnosis pathway and what patients think or feel about it.
Having gone through the experience themselves, the volunteers for aHUS alliance Global Action know only too well that returning to that episode in their lives may not be for everyone to do. It can be upsetting and distressing. But those who can and are able to recall enough of it after all the time that has passed, and are also comfortable about sharing what happened, have the opportunity for their diagnosis journey to be captured in a meaningful way.
So whether the patient‘s experience was a straightforward step by step process through health care providers; or an iterative process meeting several “brick walls“ along the way, their evidence can say something about what both speeds up, or creates barriers to, getting an accurate and timely aHUS diagnosis.
aHUS patients’ carers also went through the experience and observed it from their perspective, so they can provide an insight too.
Below there is a secure link to the Global aHUS Diagnosis Survey questionnaire for volunteers to complete. There there are 45 questions. It can take 5 minutes or more to do depending on an individual’s experience. The survey questionnaire It will be accessible until 19 January 2021.
Most aHUS patients around the world will not be aware of what is being done here, which is why it is important for those who are engaged to speak up , not just for themselves but for a representative collective aHUS voice.
Use the following image to undertake the Global Survey questionnaire:
Before volunteering to participate, please read the following information and guidance notes.( this list will also be seen in the first part of the questionnaire once participants enter)