October Report from EIP AHA Action Group B3

Latest report on European Innovation Partnership on Active and Health Ageing (EIP AHA) Action Group B3: 15.10.13

21st October: at the latest meeting of the B3 Action Group the Empathie Network was represented by Adrian Worrall from the UK Royal College of Psychiatrists and by Haske vanVeenendaal from CBO, Utrecht. They kindly provided the following summary of the proceedings.

The agenda for the day can be downloaded here: B3 Action Group Meeting Agenda 15.10.13


In relation to other activities of the Empathie Network it was felt that we can utilise most of the outputs of the Action Area 6 group on patient empowerment and should encourage more active participation from members of the Network. The theoretical framework is very useful.

Plenary on funds

  1. 1 Billion euros for AHA and 7 Billion including ICT. Calls for proposals on integrated care coming soon including Horizon 2020 (Research FP8). There will also be a call for support to identify research gaps. A toolbox is available to help people apply for funding
  2. 25.11.13. Conference of Partners by invitation. Day 2 (26th) will be a select audience and will look at commonalities with other Action Groups. One theme is citizen empowerment which includes patient empowerment. A couple of B3 reps will attend this. (Empatie hopes to be represented at least on Day 1)
  3. Structural funds are typically 30 million euros and are for regional implementation.
  4. Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 is supported by 325 Billion Euros over 7 years. One priority is AHA. Our national policy must have hooks for AHA (and empowerment) otherwise we cannot apply for funds for these. Empatie consortium members should find who is drafting their national policy on Cohesion and must make sure that self management, empowerment, etc ., are mentioned. More than 30 regions have declared a “smart specialisation” in AHA (i.e. special expertise)
  5. There is a toolkit on How to use structural funds for health – see Yammer website for this and other documents.

Workshop on Patient Empowerment

It was reported that there are 100 + 23 case studies and a compendium will eventually be issued. Empatie has contributed over 20 of these good practice examples and these will

shortly be posted in this section.

Patient empowerment is also important to A1 (Medication adherence) and C2 (Assisted Living) Action Groups and they are about a year behind B3, we were told.

Topics identified from case studies: please download B3 Action Group Topics

Professor Lars Kayser from University of Copenhagen (an expert that Empatie should invite to join the Consortium) stressed that health literacy is not part of empowerment, rather a prerequisite.

He is involved with EPITAL

Richard Osborne’s Health Literacy Questionnaire (an e-health Q is in development)

There are different ways of modelling empowerment to help generate theories and definitions, e.g.

  • developmental stages, or a using a maturity matrix
  • Contexts (circles) around the patient
  • Contexts, mechanisms (processes and tools) and outcomes (at Adrian’s suggestion)

The rest of the workshop focussed on the last:

Level Context or prerequisite Process or tool Outcome (aspect of empowerment)

See Yammer for the populated table

This will develop into a table of mini theories of patient empowerment which will be very useful for future activities of the Consortium.

The divide between formal and informal services is important- what bridges the divide?

Guendalina Graffigna (Milano) has conducted systematic reviews of empowerment and we have asked her for these. She is another potential Consortium member. our group somehow. The list of attendees for the Action Area 6 group on empowerment will be requested, to build up the network of contacts.

Afternoon Plenary and close

Maturity matrix was popular and this could work for empowerment. Different regions will be advancing at different levels.

Next meeting of integrated care group in Brussels: 02.04.14

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