Integrated Care

Integrated Care ICT support, the Chronic Pain case

Due to the demographic evolution, Europe is facing increasing challenges linked to its ageing population. In this context, the incidence of chronic diseases is expected to increase up to double by 2050. Current acute care structure needs to be adapted to apply chronic care models in order to offer quality and continuous care to chronic patients while at the same time managing the necessary resources to do so.

Improving quality of life to Dysphagia patients

Parkinson´s disease is a neurodegenerative and chronic illness with motor and non-motor symptoms. Symptoms may include bradykinesia (slowness of movement), muscle rigidity, resting tremor, postural instability, cognitive impairment, mood disorders, problems sleeping, constipation or speech and swallowing problems as dysphagia.

Why does Integrated Care need ICT?

In the last decade, there has been a growing interest in employing Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) with elderly people due to the ageing population. Especially interesting is the area related to people living with chronic diseases, such as Alzheimer or Parkinson,

Integrated Care, the future of care systems

We live longer and birth rates are lower. European population is ageing and this trend is expected to continue for several decades[1]. From the health perspective incidence and prevalence of chronic diseases are increasing and therefore we will have increasing needs of chronic care.

Policies and trends in integrating care in Europe

The 20th century was characterised by an enhancement of well-being and better economic conditions bringing modifications in lifestyle. Such improvements also led to new risk-factors causing an increase in chronic conditions. Health systems are now working on the implementation of country-tailored solutions aimed at responding to the burden of chronic conditions.

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