The European Forum for Primary Care is part of a new European research program developing and testing ways to improve palliative care for older people in nursing homes. The project, Comparing Effectiveness of Palliative Care for Elderly People in Long-Term Care Facilities in Europe (PACE), will start on 1 February and is coordinated by the End-of-Life Care Research Group Free University Brussels (VUB). The £5.5 million, five-year study, funded by the European Commission Framework 7 program, brings together leading academic researchers from six European countries.

This first EU summit on chronic diseases will discuss medical, social and economic benefits of sustainable investments in health, ways to reduce the burden of chronic diseases, and how to strengthen the prevention and management of chronic diseases, with a focus on EU added value and action. Including the presence of Diederik Aarendonk, EFPC coordinator and Prof Jan De Maeseneer, EFPC president who will be the chair of workshop 3 on “Effective frameworks for the prevention and management of major chronic diseases” on day one.

Prof. Jan De Maeseneer, MD, PhD., EFPC president and chairman Department of Family Medicine and Primary Health Care and Vice-Dean Strategic Planning, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (Ghent University – Belgium) received this morning in Thailand at the occasion of the Prince Mahidol Award Conference a "Special Award for Excellence in Health Professional Education”.

European Commission Decision C (2013)8631 of 10 December 2013.
With some interesting paragraphs, for example on

-page 33: PHC 23 – 2014: Developing and comparing new models for safe and efficient, prevention oriented health and care system and

-page 34: PHC 24 – 2015: Piloting personalised medicine in health and care systems.

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