Three urgent recommendations emerged from the EMHF's workshop on the management of long-term conditions at this autumn's European Health Forum at Gastein.
The 60+ delegates concluded that:
European governments and the Commission must prioritise the management of long term medical conditions
there should be greater investment and evaluation of innovative management systems for long term medical conditions (eg telephone outreach systems)
health information and patient enablement programmes must recognise the needs of patients based on their social-economic group, ethnicity and gender
A full report will be published shortly.
This will be a key area of work for the EMHF for 2007. The report has been circulated to a panel of European stakeholders who will be asked to highlight work being carried out in their area to address these issues. EMHF and its partners are pleased to announce that they will report on progress made during the European Health Forum Gastein 2007.