Journal of IMAB - Annual Proceeding (Scientific Papers)
Publisher: Peytchinski, Gospodin Iliev
ISSN: 1312 773X (Online)
Issue: 2016, vol. 22, issue 2
Subject Area: Medicine
Pages: 1166-1168
DOI: 10.5272/jimab.2016222.1166
Published online: 15 June 2016

J of IMAB 2016 Apr-Jun;22(2):1166-1168
Mariela Deliverska Corresponding Autor.
Department of Medical Ethics and Law, Faculty of Public Health, Medical University - Sofia, Bulgaria.

Rare diseases are diseases with a particularly low prevalence. The specificities of rare diseases - limited number of patients and scarcity of relevant knowledge and expertise - single them out as a distinctive domain of very high added value. The international reference for classification of diseases and conditions is the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), coordinated by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Patient registries and databases constitute key instruments for the development of clinical research in the field of rare diseases. Rare disease registries include not only diseases that are inherently rare, but also common diseases that are rare in specific populations, especially those defined by demographics.
Disease registries create the possibility of assessing the long-term safety and benefit of different treatments, perhaps leading to treatment algorithms that allow more choices for patients and clinicians.

Key words: Rare diseases, Register, Objectives, Public health,

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Correspondence to: Assoc. prof. Mariela Deliverska, PhD, Department of "Medical Ethics and Law", Faculty of Public Health, Medical University – Sofia; 8, Bialo more str., 1527 Sofia, Bulgaria; E-mail:

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Received: 18 April 2016
Published online: 15 June 2016

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