In a healthcare world that’s ever more driven by metrics and value, can quality of care and above all “time to care” contribute to the empowerment of older patients?
Across Europe, the conversation between patients of all types and other healthcare stakeholders is shifting from monologue to dialogue. And in this process older patients are gaining a voice to articulate their own definition and vision of Aging Well.
Individually, patients are playing a more active role in managing their own care and selecting treatments and supports. Collectively, patient organizations are mobilizing to bring change, and have won seats at the table where the European Commission develops policies to be unfolded in 2012, the year of Active Aging.
As a member of the Steering Group of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Aging, the European Patients Forum (EPF) is proactively contributing to the Partnership’s target of ensuring all EU citizens enjoy two extra “healthy life years” by the year 2020.
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