STEP BY STEP, BUILDING STRONGER HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS
The result: a series of pilot programmes that demonstrate the power of concrete solutions to improve the sustainability of healthcare systems. Each programme falls under at least one of the three pillars of sustainable healthcare: prevention and early intervention, patient empowerment and reorganisation of care delivery. The most successful pilots are scaled up and every project proves that even small changes have the potential to make a big impact. The power of pilot programmes is that they serve as examples; models that can be adapted to different countries, languages and health systems.
- Austria – Psoriasis Patient Coaches
- Belgium – Activ84worK
- Canada – Alberta gets Fit for Work
- Denmark – A Solution Catalogue with nine solutions
- Finland – Advancing Healthcare Sustainability
- France – Carmelia
- Germany – The “Simply Irreplaceable!” Initiative
- Greece – Instituting National Health Insurance
- Greece – Re-organising Emergency Hospital Care
- Ireland – A Journey of Innovation & Partnership
- Israel – Reboot – AbbVie Innovation Forum
- Italy – A Micro-Simulation Model
- Netherlands – Towards more Effective Treatments
- Norway – “We Care!” A Work/Life Balance Initiative
- Poland – “Healthy – Active – Constructive”
- Portugal – IS2 Portugal Sustainable Health Initiative
- Romania – The “Hands with Life” Initiative
- Slovakia – A study to facilitate patient education
- Spain – Fit for Life: Living longer, Living Better
- Sweden – A Solutions Catalogue
- Sweden: IBD Home – Patient disease self-monitoring
- Switzerland – Development for Hospitals: A Manual
- Turkey – Gaziantep University Early Arthritis Clinic
- UK – The Hepatitis C Partnership
- UK – The Shared Decision-Making Tool
- UK – Early Intervention Clinic for MSDs
Norway – “We Care!” A Work/Life Balance Initiative
The “We Care!” project is a small-scale study which investigates how an excessive care burden may have an impact on employees’ working situation, and how employers can better adapt to the needs of employees who experience an excessive care burden.
The aim of the project is to map out what measures employers can implement to ensure that care-givers stay in work, and thereby secure a better work/life balance for the individual and a more sustainable healthcare sector.
The Study’s findings indicate that this is a group of employees which is highly motivated for work. With some innovative measures implemented at the work place, the burden these employees carry may be less heavy, and they might be able to work full time. This could have a great impact on the sustainability of the healthcare system.
About 30 percent of the respondents report that their additional care responsibilities sometimes make them unfocused at work. The role of caregiver is linked to a higher risk for both physical and mental health problems, social isolation and family stress.
This result of this study will be used by municipalities throughout Norway, and AbbVie Norway is actively working to support this at both the local and national level. They have also made the survey available to all other AbbVie WE&C country affiliates and selected countries in Eastern Europe.
Estimates conducted in the private sector have found that the average cost of sick leave in 2011 was estimated to be about 13,000 NOK (€1417) for one week of sick leave, or 2,600 NOK (€283,40) for one work day. By addressing life/work balance through the findings and recommendations of the “We Care!” study, there appear to be significant potential savings to the system.
Spotlight on Prevention: When, Who and How?
Unhealthy lifestyles and lack of physical activity are key factors in the development of chronic diseases. Early prevention and diagnosis, better education, and above all collaboration among governments, patient organizations, and industry are crucial to prevent chronic diseases from arising.