The POLLAR project is a major initiative from EIT Health (the European Institute of Innovation and Technology health stream) on the Impact of Pollution on Asthma and Rhinitis (for more details, see the EIT website: https://www.eithealth.eu/pollar )
What makes this especially interesting to EHFF is that a member of the consortium running this project is Prof Jean Bousquet from Montpellier, an old friend of EHFF (see news item: 17 April 2017 for example). Prof Bousquet has been heading a group who are concentrating on promoting a meaningful and well researched guideline for management of chronic respiratory disease (chronic allergic rhinitis and asthma) and supporting it via a self-management App. developed through a multi-stakeholder group including patients, which has now been extensively tested and has demonstrated much improved compliance compared to some other devices. It could be seen as a model for shared decision making in chronic disease (the ARIA project).
Prof Bousquet has assembled a large multi-national group who are now suggesting, as part of the POLLAR project, that this approach to chronic respiratory disease could be used as a generic model for management of chronic non-communicable diseases.
As will be seen from this attachment, members of the EHFF community, especially Mike Bewick, but also Lars Munter, Jim Phillips and David Somekh are involved in this project, which is a natural follow-on from work done previously by us in the PROSTEP project (see news item: December 18th 2017).
There will probably be a conference related to POLLAR in Paris at the end of the year to look at patient empowerment issues associated with the project.