UNIVERSITA CATTOLICA DEL SACRO CUORE [ UCSC ]

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Involved in the following projects during the 3rd programme

3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
Managing Frailty. A comprehensive approach to promote a disability-free advanced age in Europe: the ADVANTAGE initiative [ADVANTAGE]
Managing Frailty. A comprehensive approach to promote a disability-free advanced age: the ADVANTAGE initiative
ADVANTAGE will build a common understanding on frailty to be used by Member States on...
Managing Frailty. A comprehensive approach to promote a disability-free advanced age: the ADVANTAGE initiative
ADVANTAGE will build a common understanding on frailty to be used by Member States on which to base a common management approach of older people who are frail or at risk for developing frailty in the European Union.
The identification of the core components of frailty and its management should promote the needed changes in the organization and the implementation of the Health and Social Systems to provide those models of care that, stemming from the particular health profile of each Member State (MS), will allow them to face the challenge of frailty within a common framework.
ADVANTAGE will summarise the current State of the Art for the different components of frailty and its management, both at individual and population level, will collect information on the development of programs to manage frailty in older adults in the EU and will propose, as its main outcome, a common European model to approach frailty. This model will include a road map that, considering the degree of frailty policies� development, will propose interventions for frail and at risk people and will establish tailored milestones for each MS in order to achieve a comprehensive approach to promote a disability-free advanced age. Furthermore, the model will identify gaps of knowledge in the field that would benefit from further research.
Start date: 01/01/2017 - End date: 31/12/2019
Keywords : [ Ageing ] [ Frailty ] [ Function ]

Call: Health Programme Adhoc Call for invited (named) beneficiaries
Topic: Prevention of frailty
3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
FRAILTOOLS: A comprehensive validation of tools to screen and diagnose frailty in different clinical and social settings to provide instruments for integrated care in older adults [FRAILTOOLS]
There is a proved strong evidence of the usefulness of frailty as a predictive factor of relevant undesired outcomes in populations of older adults. Several studies have been published showing the uti...
There is a proved strong evidence of the usefulness of frailty as a predictive factor of relevant undesired outcomes in populations of older adults. Several studies have been published showing the utility of the concept in improving the prognostic accuracy and the prediction of different risks (hospitalization, surgical and non-surgical complications, length of stay, death, incident disability, etc) in emergency departments, cardiac surgery, surgical patients and in patients with cardiovascular disease. These studies have placed the focus in assessing population risk, while the validation process for these instruments as diagnostic or screening tools has been usually neglected.FRAILTOOLS aims to assess the usefulness as screening and diagnosis tools of some selected instruments to detect frailty in both clinical (Hospital and Primary Care) and social (nursing homes) settings, providing diagnostic algorithms clinically sound. Target groups are all of those older adults at risk for frailty (pre-frail) plus those that are frail and are at risk for developing disability. According to the published prevalence of these two conditions, the target population concerned by this project represent around 40-50% of older people older than 65 and 60-70% of people older than 75. Once determined the best tools of screening and diagnosis in different settings of care, we will reach conclusions for this people wherever the level of care they need and currently use. The benefit will expand to the Health Systems and Social Care as it will provide validated instruments that are necessary to provide an appropriate care for older adults by means of a comprehensive, continued, coordinated and integrated care.FRAILTOOLS consortium involves 6 of the most renowned partners in research on ageing and frailty from Spain, UK, Italy, France and Poland, plus the support of a number of highly relevant collaborating stakeholders fully committed with the project.
Start date: 01/05/2015 - End date: 31/12/2018

Call: Call for Proposals for Projects 2014
Topic: Adherence, frailty, integrated care and multi-chronic conditions
3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
European Network for Health Technology Assessment (EUnetHTA) - Joint Action 3 [EUnetHTA JA3]
The general objective for EUnetHTA JA3 is to increase the use, quality and efficiency of joint HTA work at European level to support evidence-based, sustainable and equitable choices in healthcare and...
The general objective for EUnetHTA JA3 is to increase the use, quality and efficiency of joint HTA work at European level to support evidence-based, sustainable and equitable choices in healthcare and health technologies and ensure re-use in regional and national HTA reports and activities, in order notably to avoid duplication of assessments. An overarching objective is to develop a general strategy, principles and proposal for a scientific and technical mechanism of permanent sustainable European Collaboration on HTA in the light of the Directive on CBHC. During the JA3 the collaborative production of structured HTA core information, including rapid HTAs will be structurally implemented and the methodologies and production related information and communication technology infrastructure will be finalised as to stand alone from 2020 onwards. EUnetHTA JA3 will also aim to increase the alignment between HTA reports used for reimbursement decisions and clinical practice guidelines that are used by physicians in daily practice. Additionally, EUnetHTA JA3 will also support more alignment of different processes in the lifecycle of health technologies. For instance, processes on market authorization and HTA of pharmaceuticals could be organised in a more closely aligned fashion which may lead to a timelier and more efficient process promoting earlier patient access to products that have a real added value. EUnetHTA JA3 will also contribute to the discussion on the assessment of the effectiveness and safety of new medical devices as is currently taken place as part of the debate on new European legislation for medical devices. Finally, all these outcomes will contribute to the dissemination of health information and knowledge, thus improving policy-and decision-making in the health systems, which turns into protection of citizens against unsafe or ineffective technologies and improves access to high value health technologies. Ultimately this contributes to imTo be developed
Start date: 01/06/2016 - End date: 31/05/2021

Call: Health Programme Adhoc Call for invited (named) beneficiaries
Topic: Health Technology Assessment cooperation
3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
CHRODIS-PLUS: Implementing good practices for chronic diseases [CHRODIS-PLUS]
Europe is paying a heavy price for chronic diseases (CD): it has been estimated that CD cost EU economies 115 billion € or 0.8% of GDP annually; and this figure does not include the additional loss ...
Europe is paying a heavy price for chronic diseases (CD): it has been estimated that CD cost EU economies 115 billion € or 0.8% of GDP annually; and this figure does not include the additional loss in terms of lower employment rates and productivity of people living with chronic health problems. However, the aspiration is a health-promoting Europe, free of preventable CD, premature death and avoidable disability could be possible. Initiatives on CD should build on four cornerstones: health promotion and primary prevention as a way to reduce the burden of CD; patient empowerment; tackling functional decline and quality of life as the main consequences of CD, and making health systems sustainable and responsive to the aging of our populations associated with the epidemiological transition (an increase in incidence of CD and extended life expectancy) whose consequence is an increasing prevalence of CD. In this Joint Action, CHRODIS-PLUS, our goal is to support Member States through cross-national initiatives identified in JA-CHRODIS to reduce the burden of CD, while assuring health systems sustainability and responsiveness. CHRODIS-PLUS aims to promote the implementation of policies and practices with demonstrated success in each of the four cornerstones mentioned, in closely monitored implementation experiences that can be validated before scaling them up. For this, a total of 42 beneficiaries representing 20 European countries will collaborate to implement pilots and generate practical lessons that could contribute to the uptake and use of CHRODIS-PLUS results. Practices to be implemented will be based on the collection of policies, strategies and interventions that started in JA-CHRODIS and in its outputs such as the Integrated Multimorbidity Care Model or the Recommendations for Diabetes Quality criteria or national plans. During the 36-month life CHRODIS-PLUS will disseminate its activities and monitor and evaluate them to verify the progress and impact of the action. CHRODIS-PLUS will look for synergies with international/regional/local policy initiatives in CD. CHRODIS-PLUS will count on the Governing Board of representatives from European Ministries of Health, key to CHRODIS-PLUS development and sustainability, an Executive Board and a General Assembly where all associated partners will gather. A proposal for the EU added value of cross-country collaboration in the field of CD and the sustainability of the results from JA-CHRODIS and CHRODIS-PLUS beyond 2020, when this project ends, will be approved.
Start date: 01/09/2017 - End date: 30/11/2020

Call: Joint Actions 2016
Topic: Action on chronic diseases