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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
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
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
This is a good practice so far it includes the patients to show and narrate their own experiences related to their pathology.
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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