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01 March 2017Bilbao Campus

12 steps to tackle the burden of chronic diseases

 The Joint Action addressing chronic diseases and healthy ageing across the lifecycle (JA-CHRODIS), in which the University of Deusto participates as collaborating partner, has launched the ‘12 steps’ document setting out recommended actions for scaling up, transfer, and implementation of practices in order to ultimately reduce the burden of chronic diseases.

As Carlos Segovia, Coordinator of JA-CHRODIS, explained, during the JA-CHRODIS Final Conference that took place in Brussels on 27th and 28th February, “These 12 steps constitute a valuable and practical tool to inspire and guide healthcare professionals and policy makers in their work on the promotion of healthy ageing as well as prevention, management and care of chronic diseases. Thus, they serve a double purpose: firstly, it highlights our results after three years of hard work in one comprehensive, yet concise, statement; secondly, it showcases the possibilities that lie in exchanging good practices at European level to tackle the burden of chronic diseases.”

At the conference clear steps towards addressing the broad chronic disease challenges were presented to policymakers, researchers, and international organisations and NGOs. The proposals are the culmination of three years of international collaboration in the area of chronic diseases. In addition to this, participants in various workshops learned about the various outputs of the Joint Action, including the CHRODIS Platform, the online repository of peer-reviewed good practices, the Policy Brief on National Diabetes Plans (NDPs), the multimorbidity care model, and transferability factors for good practices in health promotion and primary prevention.

JA-CHRODIS has received funding from the European Union, in the framework of the Health Programme (2008-2013). This European collaboration brings together over 73 associated and collaborating partners from e.g. national and regional departments of health, research institutions and other organisations from 23 EU Member States as well as Norway and Iceland.

More information on JA-CHRODIS can be found here