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Presentation on patient-centred care

On November 7 and 8, the president of PAE, Joop van Griensven, attended a meeting of a EIT health project PAE participated in, held in the University Medical Centre Groningen. The meeting was called Bridging the Gap.  The president had the pleasure of being the first speaker to address the issue.  His presentation was called: Patient-centred Care from a Patient Perspective. In his speech the president addressed the following seven items.

For whom do we want patient-centred care?

What is it, according to the patients?

What are the benefits for the patients of patient-centred care?

Where do we start with this?

What is needed for that?

What hurdles will we need to overcome to perform patient-centred care?

What can be done?

The speech included some controversial questions such as ‘Who is the expert, the professional or the patient?’ and ‘Where is the need for protocols?’  These led to some strong discussions with the final result that ‘the position of the patient and his ideas, thoughts always should be the base of any therapy’. People don’t become stupid overnight when they become a chronic pain patient. They still can think normally.

The presentation was well received and as a result PAE has been asked to get more involved in a follow-up project. Preparations for that will start in 2017.

EIT Health is one of the largest healthcare initiatives worldwide. Its goal is to sustainably advance the foundations of healthcare and thus promote the future conditions for healthier living and wellbeing of people across Europe. EIT Health is leveraging the expertise of more than 130 leading organisations spanning key areas of healthcare such as Pharma, MedTech, Payers, Research Institutions and Universities. Chosen by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) to form EIT Health, the consortium offers best-in-class research capabilities, higher education and business expertise.

The full text of the presentation can be found on the PAE website.

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