Skills4Adherence

Increasing the capacity of medical professionals to manage patient adherence and polytherapy in elderly.

About the project

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.

Skills4Adherence Summer School 2018 participants with their certificates

Pillars of Skills4Adherence educational programme for medical students and healthcare professionals

Skills4Adherence Project Partners

  • Medical University of Lodz
  • ICS Maugeri
  • University of Porto
Medical university of Lodz

Medical University of Lodz is a university created in 2002 from a merge of civil and military medical schools, with overall tradition of over 70 years. With its 8 divisions and 7 teaching hospitals, 10.000 students and app. 1600 academics, MUL belongs to the leading Polish medical universities. MUL is strongly committed to scientific research as well as national and international scientific cooperation.

Major area of activity
1.
MUL provides the best possible conditions for students in the course of education in various biomedical disciplines.
2.
MUL conducts research characterized by outstanding quality and supports the development of its employee.
3.
MUL addresses demographic challenge caused by ageing, by providing tailored innovative educational and research services.
4.
MUL makes a substantial contribution to the development of the health care system by promoting modern standards of prophylaxis and treatment, and by building long-lasting cooperation with institutions realizing objectives of public health at regional, national and international levels.
5.
MUL responds to the needs of the society, initiating social and business innovation (e.g. EIP on AHA Reference Site ‘Lodz4Generations’).
Role/contribution in Skills4Adherence:
1.
Scientific and administrative coordination of Skills4Adherence consortium.
2.
Leadership of Task O1/A2 "The Report on Interventions to Prevent Polytherapy in the Elderly", Task O1/A6 "The Training Programme on Interventions to Prevent Polytherapy in the Elderly ", and Task O1/A8 "Analysis of Results of the Pilot Stationary Training and E-Learning Courses for Medical Professionals Concerning Actions Aimed at Improving Patient adherence and Preventing Polytherapy".
3.
Management of the dissemination of the project results, including appointment of the Dissemination Manager.
Key people involved:
Prof. Przemysław Kardas MD, PhD
Skills4Adherence Scientific coordinator
Dr. Paweł Lewek, Researcher
Skills4Adherence Dissemination Manager
Marta Kurczewska-Michalak, Researcher
Skills4Adherence Quality Assurance Manager
Website: www.umed.pl
ICS Maugeri

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.

Major area of activity
1.
ICS Maugeri is focused on patients’ treatment, clinical and translational research and specialized teaching about rehabilitation medicine.
2.
Internationally recognized center specialized in the care of chronic patients and in the management of their disabilities.
3.
Unique model of care addressing multiple comorbities present in the aging individuals along with rehabilitation provided for the main diseases thus meeting the criteria of personalized medicine.
4.
Specialized in neuroriabilitation, cardiac rehabilitation and pulmonary rehabilitation.
5.
Research is conducted in more than 50 laboratories endowed with state of the art equipment to allow advanced scientific research.
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Majority of the staff members are involved in academic teaching with several partner Universities and they are dedicated to dissemination of ICS Maugeri model of clinical rehabilitation.
Role/contribution in Skills4Adherence:
1.
Leadership of Task O1/A3 "Report on Interventions Motivating the Elderly to Take Action to Improve Adherence to Therapeutic Recommendations and to Prevent Polypragmasy”, and Task O1/A7 " The Training Programme on Interventions Motivating the Elderly to Improve Adherence to Therapeutic Recommendations and Prevent Polypragmasy".
2.
Activities: Organisation of Skills4Adherence 2019 Summer School for medical students and healthcare professionals (September 2019).
3.
Sharing experience in the field of patient adherence management, particularly related to clinical experience in chronic patients’ management and psychological and social issues.
Key people involved:
Anna Giardini
Psychologist and Psychotherapist at ICS Maugeri – Scientific Institute of Montescano (PV), Contract professor at University of Pavia, Coordinator of Skills4Adherence at ICS Maugeri
Antonia Pierobon
Psychologist and Psychotherapist at ICS Maugeri – Scientific Institute of Montescano (PV), Contract professor at Sigmund Freud University - Milano
Marina Maffoni
Psychologist, PhD Student in Psychology, Neuroscience and Data Science, Department of Brain and Behavioral Sciences - University of Pavia
Nicolò Granata
Psychologist, Researcher at ICS Maugeri – Scientific Institute of Montescano (PV)
University of Porto

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).

Major area of activity
1.
Global training - cultural, scientific, technical, artistic, civic and ethical – as part of the diverse processes of teaching and learning, aiming for the development of specific and transferrable skills and competences, and the dissemination of knowledge;
2.
Scientific research and cultural and artistic development, involving the discovery, acquisition and development of knowledge and practices at advanced level;
3.
The social value of knowledge and its transfer to economic and social agents, as drivers of innovation and change;
4.
The preservation and dissemination of scientific, cultural and artistic heritage for the creative use of experts and the public;
5.
The contribution, in its field of activity, to international cooperation and bridging the gap between people.
Key people involved:
1.
Leadership of Task O1/A1 "The Report on Interventions to Improve Adherence to Therapeutic Recommendations in the Elderly", Task O1/A4 "The Integration of Reports and Creation of Coherent Contents for Inclusion in the Final Programme of Professional Education and Training ", and Task O1/A5 "The Training Programme on Interventions to Improve Adherence to Therapeutic Recommendations in the Elderly".
2.
Activities: Organisation of Skills4Adherence 2018 Summer School for medical students and healthcare professionals (September 2018).
3.
Sharing experience in the field of patient adherence management, particularly the one gained due to coordination of the EIP on AHA Reference Site ‘Porto4Ageing’.
Key people involved:
Elísio Costa
Professor and Academic Coordinator of Skills4Adherence at U.Porto
Constança Paul Torgal
Professor
Luís Midão
Researcher
Bárbara Costa
Director of the International Office, Erasmus+ Institutional Coordinator
Ana Reis
International Officer
Website: www.up.pt