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Document Typology: Training course
Target groups: Patients
country Where It Took Place: Spain
Name of compiler: CECE
name of institution: CECE
role:
language Of The Description: English
title: Expert patient program Institut Català de la Salut:
description Of The Best Practice:
The main objective of the Expert Patient Program at the Institut Català de la Salut is to enhance self-care using a multi-disciplinary collaboration between patients and health professionals. It aims to improve the quality of life for chronically ill patients and their families, involving them with the decision-making as part of the care process. The program consists of 9 ninety-minute sessions which are carried out over a period of about 2 ½ months. What is innovative about the program is that the chair of the meetings is a patient who has first-hand experience of the symptoms and the problems encountered. The chair is, therefore, in a unique position to counsel others who have suffered or are suffering from similar problems. The healthcare professional develops a role as an observer, but can intervene and redirect the meeting if necessary
Results:
The assement of this practice says exactly: "From the analysis of the results of the first groups which convened between 2006 and 2007, when the Program ended, it showed a 21% lifestyle improvement and a 9.2% foreground. After 6 months, we have seen an improvement of 38.7% in lifestyle and 13% in knowledge, considering the results at the start of the intervention".
Quality indicators:
Use of methodologies in order to involve the citizens in the field of training and education health system
Comment:
This is a good practice so far it includes the patients to show and narrate their own experiences related to their pathology.
Evaluation:
It gave good results by involving the patients in transmiting values and methods to improve the patient´s own care system. It helps the patients to be commited with their own health care and to transmit to other patients their life experiences related with their disseases.

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