The project EFFICHRONIC has been awarded as “The Best Programme for Chronic Diseases Promoted by an Autonomous Community in Spain” by the Spanish Foundation of Technology and Health. This award recognizes the efforts of the health services of the Principality of Asturias and highlights the involvement, effort and commitment of many professionals and volunteers who collaborate in this programme.

Francisco del Busto, Minister of Health of the Principality of Asturias, pointed out that this strategy responds to the challenge of addressing and preventing chronicity, which is particularly important in Asturias where population aging is a serious concern. “The main objective of EFFICHRONIC is to reduce the burden of morbidity and mortality of the most common chronic diseases in vulnerable population based on methodologies of self-management that increase the sustainability of health systems, their effectiveness and efficiency” he says.

This initiative aims to improve health and quality of life of people affected by chronic diseases and also their caregivers. EFFICHRONIC promotes the empowerment of citizens for the self-management of chronic diseases considering clinical and socio-economic and cultural determinants of health.  This project is currently being developed in collaboration with different institutions across Europe including the Ente Ospedaliero Galliera (Italy), The University Hospital of Montpellier (France), The Quality Institute for Self-management Education and Training (The UK), Erasmus Medical Center (Holland) and University of Valencia-Polienestar (Spain).

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