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VIGOUR submits paper on its regions' pandemic management

One of the major impacts of the VIGOUR project is its real life capacity exchange among partners. During regular monthly online meeting among all partners, the effects of the current COVID-19 pandemic in participating countries as well as the impact of maturity of integrated care were discussed. The group decided to create a statement combining evidence collected during the project with a rapid online consultation of partners of the VIGOUR project and to share results with the broader community. The idea to write a paper about COVID-19 and the potential of the VIGOUR project to provide important lessons learned for pandemic management came up in this regard.

The paper presents preliminary integrated care approaches and concepts of the pilot regions and their capability to support effective pandemic management. The utilization of information and communication technologies (ICT) is especially highlighted.

The whole VIGOUR consortium is represented in the paper with the core group writing the first draft and the pilot regions contributed key insights an information about their specific integrated care schemes. This initial draft was shared with the whole consortium, refined and complemented by all the co-authors.

We are still at the very beginning of trying to understand how COVID-19 will affect us in the long-term, therefore any information supporting pandemic management is currently relevant. We, the VIGOUR consortium, are convinced that integrated care represents an approach that really helps to effectively respond to COVID-19 and the first preliminary results from the project prove to be important lessons learned in this regard. Given the heterogeneity of the pilot regions and the differences of their approaches and project designs, a wide array of tools to shape health and social care systems appropriately is presented.

The paper has been submitted to the International Journal of Integrated Care recently and is now being reviewed for a possible publication which we will share with you in due course.