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OptiMedium April 2019

EU project shifts the focus to self-management interventions: Patients and international experts work closely together

comparThe newly formed international COMPAR-EU Advisory Board met in Paris in February. Photo: COMPAR-EUTo further drive forward the practical use of self-management interventions, the EU project COMPAR-EU identifies particularly effective interventions over a total of five years. The special detail: patient-relevant outcomes are taken into consideration. These were already defined in July 2018 during a two-day workshop, together with patients who suffer from diabetes mellitus type 2, COPD, heart failure, or obesity as well as other health experts. The resulting decision-making tools for doctors and patients as well as professionals who develop guidelines and political decision-makers are intended to make later access to particularly suitable self-management interventions easier.

To put the practical implementation and integration of the project results in more concrete terms, and to discuss them, an international COMPAR-EU Advisory Board has been formed. The Board consists of a diverse blend of various experts: a patient representative, doctor, scientist, and digital health investor join experts from health technology assessment, patient empowerment, health system innovation, and the healthcare industry. They brought their wide range of expertise to the first meeting in Paris in February, leading to exciting discussions, particularly revolving around the communication and dissemination of the project results to allow the greatest possible number of patients access to the interventions. Within the project, OptiMedis manages the work package “Dissemination, exploitation and development of business plans” and is currently assessing various business models for decision-making tools while analysing how these tools can be implemented in practice and subsequently scaled.

Self-management training also plays an important role in our health regions of Gesundes Kinzigtal and Gesunder Werra-Meißner-Kreis. Our commitment to self-management training is evident by the fact that we are working with INSEA, a project in which the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Hannover Medical School, among others, are participating.

A biannual newsletter shares insights on the project progress. It’s first issue was published in December 2018 (go to the Newsletter Dec/2018).

You can register for the newsletter under www.self-management.eu and access a wide range of different information on the project (in English).

If you have any questions, please contact Nina Adrion, Junior Manager Research & Development, OptiMedis AG (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +49 (0) 40 22621149 12).