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Use of patient involvement to improve/design healthcare strategies

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Jaione Sánchez Zugazua ,

OSI Araba, Osakidetza, ES
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Estíbaliz Cristobal Dominguez,

OSI Araba, Osakidetza, ES
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Inma Laburu Montalbán,

OSI Araba, Osakidetza, ES
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Coro Ruiz Villagarcia,

OSI Araba, Osakidetza, ES
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Idoia Beistegui Alejandre,

OSI Araba, Osakidetza, ES
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Belen Jiménez Valero,

OSI Araba, Osakidetza, ES
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Nerea Gutierrez Bartolomé

OSI Araba, Osakidetza, ES
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Abstract

Introduction: change towards patients/citizens who have more information, are educated and active regarding their health process is an important part of the evolution that all health systems need to integrate in all aspects of their activities, management and design.

In Europe, the White Paper reiterates the importance of participation in any individual or collective health process whether in local or regional contexts. In our country, the Basic Law on Patient Autonomy Regulation and Rights and Obligations Regarding Clinical information and Documentation recognizes the patients ‘capacity to choose and influence the organisations that represent them.

The active participation of patients represents a new way of understanding therapeutic relationships, one that is respectful of patients‘ rights and potentially beneficial for the therapeutic process.

The main objective of this project is to promote patient involvement in order to help improve/design healthcare strategies; to achieve this goal, we will be implementing a patient group dynamic that is currently used in the Dutch health system.

Short description: this project comprises the setting up of patient focus groups (named “mirror meetings" in The Netherlands) where patients’ contacts with the health system will be discussed so health professionals can learn and improve from the experiences of these patients.

This dynamic allows patients/citizens that have been in contact with health services/units/procedures… (COPD, surgical or Hospital at Homepatients…) to communicate their experiences, satisfaction, positive outcomes, to improve aspects… It´s a patient focus group attended also by professionals so they can learn from patients ‘ opinions.

These steps will be followed throughout the process: first the topic of debate will be chosen. Later, patients who have been in contact with that area/service will be contacted and consent obtained if they wish to take part. The next step will be group formation and debate; information from these debates will be gathered by witnessing professionals in situ; this information will be double checked with the patients that took part. Finally, the organisation will aim to implement, whenever suitable, those suggestions that are considered viable.

For evaluation purposes, the utility of these groups will be measured based on patient/professional satisfaction and implemented suggestions.

Targeted population and stakeholders: citizens from whom we, as health professionals, can learn after listening to their experiences as patients. We believe that society as a whole will be our stakeholder since this is a topic that will hopefully improve health provision.

Timeline: this is a project aimed to be started in October of 2018 and that will run through the first semester of 2019

Transferability: the strategies will first be tested on a couple of units/health centers and the aim is to reach the whole OSI or even the whole of the Basque Health Service- Osakidetza once the pilot study is finished and its usefulness is confirmed.

How to Cite: Sánchez Zugazua J, Cristobal Dominguez E, Laburu Montalbán I, Ruiz Villagarcia C, Beistegui Alejandre I, Jiménez Valero B, et al.. Use of patient involvement to improve/design healthcare strategies. International Journal of Integrated Care. 2019;19(4):96. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/ijic.s3096
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Published on 08 Aug 2019.

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