Type 1 Usher syndrome (USH1) is a rare disease and major cause of genetic deaf-blindness. Deafness is present from birth while retinitis pigmentosa (RP) which typically presents during childhood is progressive leading to blindness. The aim of this research was to develop a disease model describing USH1 symptoms and their impact on patients’ lives. Qualitative interviews were conducted with patients (pediatric and adult) and parents of children and adolescents with USH1. Interviewed subjects were enrolled through ophthalmologists from specialized eye centers in the USA and in France. Trained interviewers used semi-structured techniques to elicit concepts relevant to patients and their parents. Thematic analysis of interview transcripts led to the identification of concepts which were organized to generate a disease model. For more information click here.