JA-CHRODIS is a European collaboration that brings together over 60 associated and collaborating partners, from 26 countries. These partners work together to identify, validate, exchange and disseminate good practices on chronic diseases across Europe and to facilitate their uptake across local, regional and national borders. The focus is health promotion and primary prevention as well as the management of Type 2 Diabetes and patients with more than one chronic condition (multimorbidity). One of the key deliverables is a ‘Platform for Knowledge Exchange’, which will include both an online help-desk for policy makers and a clearinghouse providing an up to date repository of best practices and the best knowledge on chronic care.
Chronic diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and mental disorders, affects 8 out of 10 people aged over 65 in Europe. Approximately 70% to 80% of health care budgets across the EU are spent on treating chronic diseases. There is a wealth of knowledge within EU Member States on effective and efficient ways to prevent and manage diseases like cardiovascular disease and Type 2 Diabetes. There is great potential to reduce the burden of chronic disease by making better use of this knowledge. JA-CHRODIS has been designed to exploit this potential.