Patient safety in Europe: spreading innovation and promoting civic participation in healthcare for a zero-tolerance approach to hospital infections

An event promoted by Active Citizenship Network-Cittadinanzattiva on February 4th and 5th, 2019, in Brussels.

 In order to effectively fight against healthcare associated infections (HAIs) and antimicrobial resistance (AMR), it is necessary to adopt innovative solutions together with a decisive action aiming at raising awareness of this issue among the public. Therefore, it is pivotal to engage groups advocating for patients’ rights. This is the message that emerges from a two-day event devoted to patient safety, organized on the 4th and 5th of February in Brussels by Active Citizenship Network, the European network of Cittadinanzattiva, with the support of Copma. Indeed, recent data released by the European Center for Infectious Diseases (ECDC) have reported that the problem of antibiotic-resistant infections is worsening. In Europe, about 33,000 deaths per year are caused by this kind of infections, and almost a third of these occur in Italy. Here, despite the high incidence of this phenomenon, there is a very low level of awareness of the risks associated with HAIs and AMR. Proper prevention practices, together with the adoption of innovative solutions, could significantly curb HAIs, and consequently economically benefit the national health system. As a matter of fact, the costs for treating each single infection range from 5.000 to 9.000 euros.  

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XII EUROPEAN PATIENTS’ RIGHTS DAY 2018 at European Parliament (23 May 2018)

From the therapeutic adherence to the therapeutic alliance: improving trust between patients and professionals to increase healthcare outcomes.

Europe and the Member States have a duty to attempt any possible solution to increase the level of adherence to treatment, in order to achieve important savings and improve the quality of life of citizens. This could be confirmed, of course, also in the next mandate of the EU Institutions. This is, in synthesis, the main message coming from the 12th edition of the European Patients’ Rights Day, held at the European Parliament in Brussels today, and organized by Active Citizenship Network, the European Branch of the Italian NGO Cittadinanzattiva.

The event was hosted by MEP David Borrelli, introduced by a video message of the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Andriukaitis, and realized thanks the support of: MSD, Merck, Bayer, Boehringer Ingelheim, GAfPA.

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Chronic pain is included in the Council conclusions during the Maltese Presidency (19 June 2017)

A major step forward for pain patients! Health ministers call for action on access to treatment for patients suffering from chronic pain

Friday June 16th, at a high level EU meeting, Health Ministers included chronic pain in the conclusions inviting Member States to evaluate access to treatment.  

Brussels, Belgium – Friday June 16th, the Council of the European Union on Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs adopted its conclusions on “Encouraging Member States-driven Voluntary Cooperation of Health Systems” (1).

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“ARTISTS AGAINST PAIN”

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A way to make visible the invisible on chronic pain through the arts

 "ARTISTS AGAINST PAIN" is the title of the cultural event scheduled for next March 17 in Milan, Italy, aimed to unit arts and advocacy groups on the topic of chronic pain.

The initiative is promoted by the artistic cultural association “Bioforme” in partnership with the European branch of the Italian NGO Cittadinanzattiva, Active Citizenship Network, the Maltese association "No Pain Foundation", and the patronage of Municipality 8 of the City of Milan.

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European Commission recognises Societal Impact of Pain (09 June 2017)

Martin Seychell, Deputy Director General Dg Sante, Formally Announces Launch of Pain Expert and Stakeholder Group on the Eu Health Policy Platform at the Societal Impact of Pain Symposium

Valletta, Malta, June 9, 2017. The 7th annual Societal Impact of Pain (SIP) symposium comes to an end today, with clear policy recommendations having been formulated to change pain care in the European Union for the better and alleviate the effect of pain on society. Martin Seychell, Deputy Director General in the Health and Food Safety's Directorate, announced in a speech that the European Commission is following SIP’s lead and has launched the EU Health Policy Platform to build a bridge between health systems and policy makers. Among other health policy areas, the societal impact of pain is included as well and will have a dedicated expert group.

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