Increasing the capacity of medical professionals to manage patient adherence and polytherapy in elderly.
Patient non-adherence is widespread. According to the WHO report, it is present in app. 50% of patients with chronic diseases. Obviously, this brings numerous negative health and financial consequences. Due to their multimorbidity, elderly citizens are particularly prone to this phenomenon.
Unfortunately, healthcare professionals are not fully aware of the prevalence of this problem, nor the effective interventions to reduce it. Therefore, the aim of the Skills4Adherence Project is to increase the capacity of healthcare professionals to effectively manage adherence and polypharmacy in elderly. This will be made possible thanks to the innovative vocational training program, taking benefit of dedicated on-line tools. Training program will be composed of 3 pillars: methods to improve patient adherence, prevention of polypharmacy, and methods to increase uptake of adherence-enhancing interventions in the elderly.
Skills4Adherence project is co-financed by the ERASMUS + Program, and will be developed in the period 2017-2020.
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Founded in 1965 by Prof. Salvatore Maugeri, the Fondazione S. Maugeri operates under agreement with the Istituti Scientifici Maugeri IRCCS in the field of rehabilitation medicine with the main mission of reintegrating subjects suffering from chronic diseases to an active life. With its 10 Institutes recognized by the Minister of Health as Institutes for Research, Clinical Care, and Science (IRCCS), 8 clinical institutes, and 650 resident medical doctors, ICS Maugeri is the Italian leading group in rehabilitation medicine.
U.PORTO, founded in 1911, is one of the largest higher education and research institutions in Portugal (app. 32,000 students), and the leading producer of science in Portugal, responsible for 23% of the scientific articles. All these is reflected by its high position in international rankings (e.g. Times Higher Education 2017: 501-600).