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SIMPATHY Project Newsletter issue #04, December 2016
SIMPATHY Project Newsletter issue #04, December 2016
Dear SIMPATHY friends,
Disseminating and advocating for the creation of polypharmacy management programmes is the major aim of the SIMPATHY – Stimulating Innovation Management of Polypharmacy and Adherence in THe elderlY. As in any dissemination activity, one of the first tasks consists of identifying the stakeholders to address the messages. Politicians and policymakers, and healthcare commissioner and practitioners are two key stakeholders groups that will profit from the findings of SIMPATHY work packages to raise awareness of the potential burden associated with inappropriate polypharmacy. Academics and researchers are another stakeholders group targeted by SIMPATHY. Thus, scientific conferences are an outstanding opportunity to disseminate the innovation associated to SIMPATHY project. During the first 18 months of the project, different members of the SIMPATHY team have been invited as keynote speakers to present the project into nine National and International conferences: National Congress of Portuguese Pharmacists Association (Lisbon, Nov-2015), 42th Panhellenic Medical Conference (Athens, May-2016), 15th Annual International Conference on Health Economics, Management & Policy (Athens, Jun-2016), International Social Pharmacy Workshop (Aberdeen, Jul-2016), or the European Symposium on Patient Adherence Compliance and Persistence (Lisbon, Nov-2016) are some of them. During these conferences, workshops are a perfect activity to produce a closer interaction with interested attendees. SIMPATHY team run specific workshops promoting the project and its findings in three International conferences: 16th International Conference on Integrated Care (Barcelona, May-2016), 45th Symposium of the European Society of Clinical Pharmacists (Oslo, Oct-2016), and 21st WONCA World Conference for Family Doctors (Rio de Janeiro, Nov-2016). Last but not least, during these 18 months, 21 posters and oral communications were presented into 10 scientific conferences in Prague, Madrid, Barcelona, Oslo, Vienna, Athens, Lisbon and Stockholm. The SIMPATHY team has been producing a vast range of dissemination activities among the academics and researchers and some more are scheduled for the near future: 17th International Conference on Integrated Care in Dublin, or the 6th FIP Pharmaceutical Sciences World Congress in Stockholm. Keep connected with SIMPATHY, polypharmacy science and polypharmacy management is our business.
SIMPATHY activities to celebrate the International Day of the Older Person
SIMPATHY conducted a series of activities to mark the International Day of the Older Person, celebrated on October 1st. These events, brought to the attention of health professionals, elderly patients and the general public the problematic nature of polypharmacy and adherence, a growing health issue increasing with age-associated chronic conditions. SIMPATHY activities organized by SIMPATHY partners took place in Belfast, Wroclaw, Coimbra, Naples and Barcelona, between September 28th and October 25th
The International Day of Older Person was an excellent opportunity to highlight the issues and gave the opportunity to network with others and learn about ways to improve the health and wellbeing of Europe’s aged population.
Follow up on SIMPATHY workshops
Two SIMPATHY workshops were delivered at the 45th ESCP Symposium on Clinical Pharmacy in Oslo, 5th-7th October 2016. The initial workshop used case studies from the Scottish Polypharmacy Guidelines to illustrate clinical problem solving and appropriateness of prescribing. Groups discussed their approach to communicate with patients and prescribers to solve the problems identified and improve patient safety. The second workshop focused on change management. Several participants (pharmacists) from a range of countries participated in the discussion and shared their practices in terms of polypharmacy management in hospital and community pharmacy. All participants were enthusiastic about SIMPATHY and keen to be engaged.
The SIMPATHY symposium “The best practices of polypharmacy and non-adherence management in the elderly - lessons learnt in the SIMPATHY project” at the 21st WONCA World Conference of Family Doctors, in Rio de Janeiro, took place on November 3rd.The symposium was attended by about 400 stakeholders.
SIMPATHY at Scientific events
On September 21st – 22nd the outcomes of the SIMPATHY Case Study in Sweden were presented at the National Patient Safety Conference, in Stockholm. More than 2000 Swedish healthcare professionals and policy makers attended this congress, acting as a great platform to bring attention to the medication review model as presented in the Swedish Case Study. On October 5th – 7th SIMPATHY was at the 12th Congress of European Union Geriatric Medicine Society (EUGMS), in Lisbon, with a lecture dedicated to “Preventing inappropriate polymedication and improving adherence to medical treatments”, integrated on the workshop “Promoting active and healthy ageing the role of European reference sites”. On October 25th – 26th SIMPATHY was presented at the eHealth Forum 2016, in Athens, on the Technology Enabled Health session and on the stand of the Greek Network of EIPonAHA (European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Aging). On October 29th-November 2nd and on November 9th-12th SIMPATHY was presented respectively at the ISPOR 19th Annual European Congress and at the 9th European Public Health Conference, both took place in Vienna. On November 17th-19th SIMPATHY was present at the European Society for Patient Adherence, COMpliance and Persistence (ESPACOMP) in Lisbon, where it was presented in a keynote lecture, by the SIMPATHY project coordinator and also in posters session.