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Formation of a panel to formulate recommendations for SMI for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Sixteen participants from nine European countries conform this panel. There is a broad representation of stakeholders including health services researchers, endocrinologists, health economists, family practitioners, self-management experts, nurses, nutritionists, patient advocates and guideline methodologists. They are active since last week of October.

The panellists will:

  • Rate the importance of included outcomes
  • Propose the magnitude of effects thresholds.
  • Discuss and agree on draft evidence summaries prepared by the COMPAR-EU Consortium about the effects of interventions, the economic considerations, values and preferences of patients, and contextual factors of self-management interventions.
  • Discuss and agree on draft judgments for the different criteria relevant for the formulation of recommendations, included in the evidence to decision (EtD) framework.
  • Discuss, formulate and agree on draft recommendations, conclusions and other related contents (e.g. summary of findings tables, narrative summaries, etc.).

Launch of Self-Management Europe

Research partners set up a new European Research and Innovation Centre on Patient Empowerment and Self-Management: Self-Management Europe.

It is an exploitation initiative of the COMPAR-EU project with the aim of developing the potential of people, professionals, organisations, systems, and communities for creating a society that strengthens empowerment and self-management in people with chronic diseases. Through capacity building, the centre provides knowledge, skills, motivation, and competency to people to act as leaders of self-management and empowerment enhancement in everyday life to improve health and quality of life for all.

Whilst there are various ongoing initiatives in Europe to support self-help and self-management with whom the research centre will work in partnership. However, it addresses the critical gap of accelerating the translation of critical research findings in practical applications to benefit patients, organisational and clinical processes and health innovations.

The newly formed initiative recently published a press release which you can read here.

Winner of our COMPAR-EU platform call

We are happy to announce that Sonicon, a company focused on providing reliable software solutions, will support the development of our European self-management platform hosting different decision aids and further key results resulting from our project.

We are ready to start our joint collaboration on this healthcare innovation!

CLOSED – Call for proposals for the COMPAR-EU platform development

In the last months, all COMPAR-EU partners were working closely together to advance our work on the specification and functionality of our final product: the COMPAR-EU platform. (more…)

Two-days workshop on NMA

During the 17th and 18th of February, a 2-days workshop on advanced methods for network meta-analysis (NMA) took place in Barcelona. We had theoretical and practical sessions on R Studio, including a fruitful discussion on the additive model for NMA and its implementation in the COMPAR-EU project. Thanks to Dimitris Mavridis from UOI for the stimulating lectures, and to Iberoamerican Cochrane Center and FAD for the organization.

 

Publication of the COMPAR-EU protocol

Our protocol paper is now published at BMJ. You would like to know how patients are included in the project and how our analyses, the Network Meta-analysis, the cost-effectiveness analysis, and the contextual analysis, look like? Read our protocol paper online at BMI.

Cochrane Colloquium 2019

This year´s face-to-face Cochrane Colloquium was cancelled due to unprecedented situation of civil unrest across Santiago. However, the event was held online from 2-6 December 2019. Virtual CochraneSantiago highlighted the theme of ‘Embracing Diversity’. The Colloquium explored ways in which Cochrane could address the challenge of diversity in many areas: how to inform complex health decisions with diverse types of evidence; how to engage people with low health literacy; how to reach non-English-speaking audiences; how to explore new ways of delivering evidence from reviews (e.g., podcasts, videos); and how to incorporate diverse types of evidence in reviews (qualitative evidence, mixed methods evidence, etc.).

Our five poster presentations are still available online:

EPF Congress on Patient Involvement

The first ever European Congress on patient involvement provided an exceptional opportunity for dialogue and engagement with a wide range of health players who aspire to make patient involvement a reality. At the event on 12 – 14 November in Brussels, it was explored why patient involvement leads to better outcomes for patients and society, and how patient involvement can be achieved in practice across Europe.

We interviewed a patient who highlighted that there are three key elements of successful patient self-management:

  • The patient knows what is expected
  • The patient agrees with what is expected
  • The patient must be able to follow the plan. Both, in actions and financiall

The event offered the great opportunity to discuss our approach on patient involvement in COMPAR-EU.

Fun fact: The stairs of the venue attract to use them: They were marked with the number of calories you will lose while climbing the stairs.

G-I-N & JBI Conference 2019

This year´s theme of the conference that was organised by the Guidelines International Network in partnership with the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) was “Trustworthy Evidence For Questions That Matter – The value of guidelines in 21st century healthcare”. It was an interesting event relevant to all healthcare professionals and anyone with an interest in addressing evidence-practice gaps by promoting best practice and improving the quality and safety of health care.

Our partner IR-HSCSP presented two posters:

  • How to compare the (cost-)effectiveness of self-management interventions: using network meta-analysis to include both direct and indirect assessments of multiple treatment options
  • Development and external validation of a comprehensive Taxonomy of self-management interventions in chronic onditions: the COMPAR-EU taxonomy.

ISQua´s 36th International Conference

The 36th International Conference of ISQua, the International Society for Quality in Health Care, took place from 20-23 October 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. This year’s theme was “Innovate, Implement, Improve: Beating the Drum for Safety, Quality and Equity.”

Our partner FAD had two oral presentations!

Great effort by the whole consortium to disseminate the work carried out!