“A policy strategy is needed for the management of people with chronic illness”

It is already in November that the II National Meeting of Care Integration takes place. “The chronic and chronic complex patient” was the theme chosen for this event promoted by the Portuguese Association for Integrated Care (PAfIC), an association chaired by Adelaide Belo.

In statements to Just Newsthe official highlights precisely the “need for a political strategy for the management of people with chronic disease, especially for multimorbidity, focused on people’s needs, which are not only in the health area”.

However, he underlines: “To do so, the dimension of the problem must be known and the dimension of the problem will only be known when the Population Risk Stratification is established, which does not yet exist in Portugal.”

Adelaide Belo

According to Adelaide Belo, who is a specialist in Internal Medicine at the ULS of the Alentejo Coast, “with a Population Risk Stratification tool, Low, Medium and High Risk people are identified at the local level”.

He adds: “With this information, responses can be organized – health, social, community, according to their needs and existing resources. It is not a ‘magic wand’, but it is a consistent way of reorganizing care. “

“A space where concepts are updated”

The program of the II National Meeting of Care Integration, which takes place at the Congress Center of Aveiro, on November 24th and 25th, is very focused on the presentation and debate of concrete projects.

Adelaide Belo says that the PAfIC team has tried to make efforts to publicize what is being done in this field, and that is not little. “In Portugal, there are many teams that have already internalized the need to find less fragmented care solutions. At all levels – Hospital, Primary Health Care, service providers, etc.”

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The doctor takes the opportunity to recall that PAFIC launched this year, “in partnership with Lean Health and Roche, a Program to support consultancy in Care Integration Projects and we had 34 applications”.

In his opinion, there is no doubt: “This proves that on the ground people feel the need to rethink and reorganize the provision of care we provide. They just need a little incentive to take a step forward.”

And he adds: “What we intend with the II National Meeting for the Integration of Care is to create a space where there is an update of concepts in this area and the possibility of the teams that are in the field to be able to share their projects and their ideas for improvement and to become aware of of Good Practices that are carried out here or in other countries. And that it also serves to place the Integration of Care on the political agenda.”

“A lever for those who want to start projects”

And to whom is the meeting addressed? “Everyone can participate – health professionals, from the social area, from the community, namely municipalities”, says Adelaide Belo, whether or not they are involved in care integration projects.

And there is a final message: “We will do everything we can to make the II National Meeting of Care Integration a lever for those who want to start projects in this area and an incentive for the continuous improvement of those who already have them in development.”

More information about the II National Meeting on Integration of Care can be found HERE. However, the deadline for submitting posters has recently been extended to October 9th.

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